The Senate has voted to extend CHIP!

14 April 2015 Written by  

Voices for Utah Children thanks Senator Orrin Hatch for his vote to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Today, the Senate voted to reauthorize this successful, bipartisan program that 15,000 Utah kids depend on for health insurance coverage.

“When children’s health was on the line, the U.S. Senate stepped up for millions of kids,” said Lincoln Nehring, President of Voices for Utah Children. “Today’s vote demonstrates the overwhelming popularity of CHIP and for getting kids the health care coverage they need to succeed.”

CHIP was extended through a bipartisan bill called the "Doc Fix" or "SGR." In addition to reauthorizing CHIP, the bill reauthorized other vital health services for children such as the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and Community Health Centers. The Senate vote ensures that during the next two years, children in Utah and across the nation continue to get the quality health care they need to reach their full potential. The bill also passed the House a few weeks back, with all members of the Utah House delegation voting to support the bill, and President Obama has promised to sign the measure into law.

CHIP has a long history of bipartisan support and a proven track record for success, 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. CHIP was designed with kids in mind, offering benefits specialized to the needs of children.

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April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.