HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf announced the need for Congress to address the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, before an immense amount of Pennsylvania children are left without health care.
According to the news release from the governor's office, Congress failed to act on extending the program before the Sept. 30 deadline.
In Pennsylvania, the Children's Health Insurance Program provides insurance benefits to 176,000 children up to age 19.
“We can’t forget our most vulnerable – our children who rely on us to care for them,” Gov. Wolf said. “Congress’s inaction can only be interpreted as apathy and there can be no tolerance for that. Even though the U.S. Senate Finance Committee leaders took a step in the right direction to recommend extending CHIP, Congress did not act, leaving children from low- and middle-income families at risk,” Gov. Wolf said.
Gov. Wolf also urged Congress to take action to make sure everyone has accessible and affordable health care benefits in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged prompt funding of the Children's Helath Insurance Program on Tuesday.
"It is extremely disheartening that members of the U.S. Congress could not get their acts together to extend funding for CHIP, which provides low-cost health, prescription, vision, and dental care to children from working families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid," he said. "In Pennsylvania alone, more than 175,000 children are enrolled in CHIP, and it would be catastrophic to these children and their families if this program lapses. While Pennsylvania’s CHIP appears to have enough funding to function through February, the longer Congress waits to renew the program’s funding the greater the risk for interruption or ending of CHIP coverage."
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