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News Release: PA Hospitals Say Temporary CHIP Fix Not Enough

December 22, 2017

Facing another budget deadline, Congress approved a continuing resolution measure that funds the federal government through January 19, 2018. The legislation includes nearly $3 billion in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is enough to keep it operational through March, 2018.

The following statement about the matter can be attributed to Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP):

“While Pennsylvania’s hospital community is relieved that Congress provided temporary funding through next March, make no mistake: the future of CHIP continues to hang in the balance.

“In Pennsylvania alone, more than 180,000 children rely on CHIP to access comprehensive health care. Without the program, these children could lack coverage for checkups, immunizations, hospital care, and mental health care.

“We thank the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation for their tireless advocacy of the program. These CHIP champions know that families across the commonwealth—and country—are waiting nervously to learn how Congress will handle the future of coverage for their children. We call on all members of Congress to join the Pennsylvania delegation and support full funding of the program. Many of Pennsylvania’s and America’s families are depending on it.”

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