VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Urges Congress to Reauthorize CHIP to Protect Hawaii’s Keiki

November 1, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke on the House floor urging her colleagues to reauthorize Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides healthcare coverage to 8.9 million children whose family incomes are above Medicaid eligibility limits but lack access to affordable, private healthcare coverage. More than 25,000 keiki in Hawai‘i benefit from CHIP.  

On September 30, 2017, federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired. Without an extension of federal funding, states will drain their current funding and face budget shortfalls. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, Hawai‘i is one of ten states that will exhaust their CHIP funding by the end of this year if Congress does not act.

Video of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Speech is Available Here

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:

“The Children's Health Insurance Program, which is also known as CHIP, provides low cost health insurance to nearly nine million children all across the country, including over 25,000 children in my home state of Hawai‘i. Together with Medicaid, these programs have reduced the nation's uninsured rate for children to a record low of five percent.

“Republicans in Congress let CHIP expire back in September, jeopardizing the health care of millions of children. At the current pace, my home state of Hawai‘i will exhaust all current CHIP funding by the end of this year, leaving thousands of our keiki unable to visit a doctor for routine checkups, receive immunizations, prescriptions and more.

“We must act now to re-authorize the CHIP program, to ensure that our children have access to the health care that they need. We cannot neglect those who need help the most by failing to act and re-authorize this legislation. We must act now.”

 

More updates and information from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard can be found here:

 

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