CHIP saved at last but Community Health Centers still at risk
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Yesterday, the government reopened its doors and finally passed funding to save CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). It had been nearly 4 months since funding had run out for this critical program. With support from both sides of the aisle, Congress agreed to extend funding for 6 years -- a big help for families who rely on CHIP for the medical needs of their children.
“After an unprecedented 114-day lapse in funding for CHIP and a government shutdown, Congress extended funding for six years for the popular, bipartisan health program that serves 9 million children across the country. This action ends months of anxiety and worry for the hard-working families who rely on CHIP for life-saving health care.” ~ Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA
While this is a great victory for CHIP and the families it serves, it’s important to note that Congress has still left behind the nation’s community health centers, which serve 1 out of 12 Americans. Funding for community health centers expired on Sept. 30, 2017, at the same time as CHIP. These centers provide a range of services to low-income families and are critical for the health of the American population. If not renewed, these centers would stand to lose $3.6 billion this year.
— NACHC (@NACHC) January 22, 2018