ROSEN URGES REPUBLICAN LEADERS TO STOP USING CHILDREN AS POLITICAL PAWNS AND PERMANENTLY FUND CHIP
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement urging Congressional Republicans to permanently fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which Congress let expire on September 30, 2017. CHIP provides insurance to 9 million children nationwide. Last year, CHIP provided coverage for nearly 69,000 children in Nevada whose low-income families don’t qualify for Medicaid.
“Republicans have had more than 100 days to fund CHIP since they let the program expire, but instead they are trying to use health care for our most vulnerable children as a bargaining chip for political leverage,” said Rosen. “This is no way to govern. I have consistently fought to reauthorize this critical health care program by supporting multiple bills that reauthorize CHIP and using my voice to urge Congressional leaders and the Administration to fix this unacceptable funding lapse. I never imagined that Members of Congress would actually sink so low that they would pit our most vulnerable children and Dreamers against each other for their own partisan political gain. It’s time to stop the political antics, now and in the future, by immediately passing a clean bill that takes this issue off the table and permanently funds CHIP.”
BACKGROUND: Congresswoman Rosen is an original co-sponsor of the Advancing Seniors and Kids Act (H.R. 4820), which would permanently reauthorize CHIP, fund community health centers for two years, and extend several other federal health programs critical to low-income and rural communities.
In recent months, Congresswoman Rosen has worked tirelessly to fund CHIP. In November, she spearheaded a bipartisan letter urging CMS to fund the program in Nevada. In October, she joined nearly 90 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Speaker Ryan requesting he allow a vote to the floor to fully fund CHIP. Congresswoman Rosen has also co-sponsored H.R. 4541 to authorize and fund CHIP and community health centers. Finally, she crossed the aisle in November and voted to protect CHIP and pass funding for community health centers, despite strong opposition from Democratic leaders.