TITUS STATEMENT ON CHIP FUNDING

Dec 1, 2017
Press Release

December 1, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Dina Titus released the following statement urging lawmakers to pass a clean bill funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP funding expired on September 30 and states that have been able to take short-term measures to meet their obligations will soon run out of options. Nevada’s federal funding for CHIP will expire in January, risking the health care of 40,000 children who are covered with CHIP funding through the Nevada Checkup program and Medicaid Expansion (MCHIP).

“The disastrous CHIP bill I opposed in the House earlier this month has no chance of passing in the Senate. It ties CHIP funding to measures gutting the ACA and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. That bill will cost Nevada at least $1.7 million in annual funding for services like cancer screenings, opioid addiction treatment, and childhood vaccines while also limiting the grace period for missed ACA health care plan premium payments – a move that will kick 688,000 off their insurance. I helped create Nevada Checkup when I served in the Nevada State Senate and have spent my career in Congress advocating for CHIP. There are 40,000 children in Nevada counting on Congress to act responsibly. We need a bill that protects children from President Trump’s attempts to destroy Obamacare.”