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Lipinski: Congress Needs to Reauthorize Critical Health Insurance Program for Children Now

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“I’m frustrated that Congress has let about nine million children and their families down by not extending the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  The program, whose funding authorization expired at the end of September, was first passed in 1997 as a way to provide health insurance for children that come from homes with limited incomes.  Because of CHIP, the uninsured rate for children in our country is now less than five percent.

“After spending months attempting to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, which would have made healthcare even more unaffordable for millions of hard-working middle-class Americans, Republican leaders in Congress have put millions of families at risk by allowing CHIP to expire.  There is still time to fix this before all the funding runs out.  We need to come together and reauthorize the program.  Let’s not fail our future.”