Chipped Off: Feeling frustrated that Congress still hasn’t funded CHIP? So are we.

04 December 2017 Written by  

Last week we learned that Congress will likely delay on funding CHIP -- again. We also learned that the Utah CHIP program posted a notice to parents that Utah’s CHIP funding will run out by the end of January and coverage could end. Grim news all around.

But what’s most upsetting is that Congress has put states and families in this position at all. We simply should not be here.

The CHIP program is a bipartisan program. Both the House and Senate have agreed upon a 5-year funding extension for CHIP. There is no excuse for this delay.

As others have noted, the damage to CHIP is already being done. While Congress assures us that CHIP will get funded, states face chaos and confusion. While members of Congress tell us that they prioritize families, millions of parents are worried that their kids’ coverage could come to an end.

Here at Voices for Utah Children, we will continue to call upon our Congressional reps to act quickly on the agreed-to, bipartisan solution for CHIP. We will continue to support state agencies, community partners and families as they navigate the best ways to ensure kids have consistent care.

But we also need to tell Congress that we should not be here in the first place. While Congress votes to cut care and drive up costs for more working families, they have neglected the well-being of our kids.

There is no excuse for their inaction.

For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.

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JessieJessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, Jessie was a Senior Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, where she focused on nutrition and Out of School Time areas. Jessie also worked as a policy researcher in Johannesburg, South Africa and oversaw a CDC grant for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she worked with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network. Jessie has a Master's degree in Public Heath from Portland State University and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.