Voices for Utah Children Applauds House Passage of CHIP

26 March 2015 Published in Press Release Archive

Salt Lake City - Children’s health care advocates in Utah praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for taking action to ensure children in Utah and across the nation continue to get the quality health care coverage they need to succeed. Today’s bipartisan House vote to renew funding for the highly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will help ensure that kids from low- and moderate-income working families continue to receive the care they need to reach their full potential.

CHIP has a long history of bipartisan support, providing coverage for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but don’t have access to affordable health care. As a result of CHIP’s implementation, coverage rates for kids across the country are at a historic high of close to 93 percent.

“We thank Utah’s House delegation that voted to stand up for Utah’s kids and support this vital program. Their actions will help make sure more than 15,000 Utah kids keep the coverage and quality care families depend on,” said Lincoln Nehring, President and CEO of Voices for Utah Children. “As the Senate takes up legislation to renew CHIP, we strongly urge them to build on the House bill by quickly passing a four-year extension of this critical program. By ensuring funding stays intact, Congress can provide the stability families and state officials need to plan without worrying that Congress won’t keep their promises about the future of CHIP.”

Forty-two governors of both parties, including Governor Herbert, called on Congress to move quickly to fully fund CHIP.  Utah’s legislature has already factored the amount of promised federal CHIP funding into our state’s budget plan.

Nehring continued, “The message is loud and clear – CHIP is a lifeline for Utah children and families. Congress has taken an important step today and we urge members to finalize legislation quickly to provide families and states the stability they need to plan for the next four years.”

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