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House will vote on CHIP legislation next week

Friday, October 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The following is an update from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Thursday that the House will vote on extending funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program next week. Finalized legislation is expected to be released on Monday and the legislation will make its way to the House floor for a vote later next week.

The Republican-introduced Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable (HEALTHY KIDS) Act of 2017 passed in the Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month on a party-line vote. While the legislation includes a bipartisan agreement to extend CHIP funding for five years, maintain the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) 23 percent increase in the federal matching rate to states for 2018 and 2019, and preserve the requirement that states maintain eligibility levels for children, known as the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) provision, Republicans and Democrats in the House have not been able to agree on a bipartisan solution to pay for the package.

The AAP is pleased to see bipartisan agreement on the long-term extension of CHIP funding, but believes any extension to the CHIP program should be accompanied by bipartisan offsets that do not harm providers, patients, or access to care.

Advocacy opportunity! The Academy will host another Day of Action to Extend CHIP funding on Wednesday, November 1. Please stay tuned for additional information as the date approaches.