More than eight million American kids depend on the CHIP program for their health care. We treat many of these young patients in our hospitals. These children and their families depend on the security of the CHIP program, we should not let them down. Today’s Finance Committee hearing is a welcome step in Congress’ work to extend CHIP and keep those kids secure.
While Congress has a crowded agenda this fall, that should not be an obstacle to keeping children covered and we are hopeful that CHIP will be extended.
At the same time, the CHIP bill, as it did a few years ago, provides an opportunity for Congress to help Americans most in need by delaying the scheduled Medicaid DSH cuts and extending the critically important Low-Volume Hospital and Medicare Dependent Hospital programs.