The time is now! Extend CHIP!

29 August 2017 Written by  

CHIP- or the Children’s Health Insurance Program- provides affordable health insurance to about 20,000 children in Utah and nearly 9 million kids across the U.S. For over 20 years, CHIP has helped low-income children get the health coverage they need, and their families to have peace-of-mind knowing that their kids will have quality, affordable care. CHIP has traditionally received broad, bipartisan support. Utah’s own Senator Hatch is one of the founding fathers of the program. Together CHIP and Medicaid have helped Utah achieve historic gains in children’s health insurance coverage.

So, what’s the catch? CHIP funding needs to be renewed – and the clock is running out. Congress needs to act before September 30thUPDATED Utah CHIP social graphic 002

When Congress returns from their August recess, extending CHIP funding must be at the top of their list. A 5-year renewal of CHIP, which maintains current funding match levels and program requirements until FY2022, will ensure that families are protected in an uncertain healthcare environment.

A CHIP renewal by the end of September is critical for Utah’s CHIP program to operate effectively and- most importantly- for kids and families to get the quality care they need to stay healthy and thrive.

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The time is now for Congress to continue their 20-year-old commitment to kids and extend CHIP funding!

JessieJessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, Jessie was a Senior Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, where she focused on nutrition and Out of School Time areas. Jessie also worked as a policy researcher in Johannesburg, South Africa and oversaw a CDC grant for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she worked with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network. Jessie has a Master's degree in Public Heath from Portland State University and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.