Republicans in Congress have decided to put politics before the health and well-being of 9 million children and their families nationwide by failing to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as CHIP. Just last month, Governor Wolf took action to protect the 180,000 children of Pennsylvania who rely on Chip funding.
CBS Philly reported:
“The governor traveled to Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital to sign the CHIP reauthorization legislation and call on parents to contact their representatives in Washington.”
The governor was joined by Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia a few weeks ago to sign the Pennsylvania CHIP legislation. While this provides for funding of CHIP for the first few months of 2018, it won’t be enough if Congress doesn’t reauthorize federal funding of CHIP.
Governor Wolf and Secretary Miller used the opportunity to urge members of Congress to do the right thing and reauthorize CHIP. The governor said, “I am proud to sign this legislation that represents Pennsylvania’s bipartisan commitment to securing health insurance for our most vulnerable – our children and pregnant women. However, this is just one step in ensuring children are cared for. Congress needs to do its part and reauthorize CHIP at the federal level. Without federal funding, more than 180,000 children in Pennsylvania could be without health care in early 2018.”
Just a few days earlier, Gov Wolf joined a bi-partisan group of governors in writing a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to prioritize CHIP funding so as not to disrupt the health care of millions of children and pregnant women. He was joined by governors Hickenlooper (CO), Kasich (OH), Walker (AK), Edwards (LA), Sununu (NH), McAuliffe (VA), Baker (MA), Bullock (MT), Phil Scott (VT), Sandoval (NV), and Dayton (MN).
While Congress has yet to follow through on CHIP reauthorization, Governor Wolf has not given up in his fight to pressure them to do the right thing. He won’t let politics get in the way of protecting access to health care for Pennsylvania’s women and children, and he will continue to call on the Republicans in Congress to do the same.