REP. KATKO URGES REAUTHORIZATION OF CHIP PROGRAM
Syracuse, New York – Today, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) highlighted the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and urged his colleagues in Congress to act in a bipartisan manner to reauthorize the program, which is set to expire tomorrow, Sept. 30, 2017.
“CHIP is a vital program that ensures millions of children in New York and across the country have access to comprehensive healthcare. While New York currently has sufficient funding to sustain CHIP through the end of this year, it is imperative that Congress act urgently to reauthorize this program.
“Vulnerable children in communities across our country – including Syracuse, where a resounding fifty percent of our children are born into poverty – rely on this program for access to healthcare. There is longstanding, bipartisan support in Congress for CHIP and I urge my colleagues to prioritize its reauthorization so that healthcare coverage remains uninterrupted and states have the certainty they need to plan for the long term. With legislation pending in the House to reauthorize CHIP, I am hopeful that it will move quickly through Congress so that we can eliminate any uncertainty associated with the future of this critical program.”
Together with Medicaid, CHIP serves as the primary source of health insurance for 8.9 million American children. Issued as a block grant, CHIP is a collaborative program between the federal government and the states. The House Energy & Commerce Committee is set to mark up legislation next week to extend CHIP funding.
Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County. For more information visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.