The Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides critical health coverage to almost nine million children across the United States. CHIP helps ensure that kids receive the medical treatment they need, and offers piece of mind to their parents and families. Federal funding for CHIP expires at the end of September, meaning Congress must act quickly to ensure that all eligible children keep their coverage.
For the last several months, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been negotiating a bipartisan fix for some of the Affordable Care Act’s challenges. On October 17, they announced the product of their negotiations, the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017. The legislation is an exciting step forward for the future of health care and a strong show of bipartisanship.
Congress has tried to repeal it, the Trump Administration has sabotaged it, but the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. The administration dramatically cut enrollment advertising and assistance funding, so the faith community is stepping up to help let people know that there are affordable insurance options available on the marketplace.