Consensus is hard to come by in Harrisburg these days, but there’s one thing that has long enjoyed bipartisan support: Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Since its creation more than 20 years ago, CHIP has had strong support from the General Assembly and governors on both sides of the aisle. It has helped provide affordable health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of documented children in Pennsylvania over the years, including nearly 150,000 today.
But CHIP is set to expire at the end of this year unless legislation is passed to extend it beyond 2015. That legislation passed the House unanimously in April and has been approved by a Senate committee, but still requires approval by the full Senate before it can go to the governor for his signature.
This week, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children took the lead in writing a letter to Senate leaders that was signed by more than 30 organizations asking that the CHIP reauthorization bill be quickly approved so families who rely on CHIP don’t have to worry about the future of their children’s health care.
We know CHIP works to help keep kids healthy, and we look forward to seeing it continue for years to come.
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