Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Since its inception in 1997, CHIP, together with Medicaid, has helped to bring needed services to children with cancer and survivors. CHIP funding expired on September 30, 2017, putting the healthcare of these kids at serious risk. Congress must stabilize the CHIP funding stream and protect the gains in children’s health coverage that have resulted in more than 95 percent of all children in America being enrolled in some form of insurance coverage.
Experts have testified in recent Congressional hearings that many states are just weeks away from setting in motion processes to establish waiting lists and send out dis-enrollment notices to families. Once undertaken, these actions will have an immediate effect, creating chaos in program administration and confusion for families.
We urge our nation’s leaders to work together to enact a five-year extension of CHIP funding to ensure treatment and care for children with cancer and survivors -- without further delay. This is an important opportunity for meaningful, bipartisan action for young Americans facing life threatening illness.