WASHINGTON–Today the National Governors Association (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee (led by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown) released the following statement on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) following the bipartisan agreement between Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden:
“Governors commend Senators Hatch and Wyden on their bipartisan efforts to provide long-term health care stability for kids and families after many states called on Congress to quickly extend funds for CHIP. Preventing millions of families from being at risk and eliminating uncertainty for states who administer the program is urgently needed as funding runs out at the end of this month.”
In May, NGA sent a letter to leaders in Congress calling for a five-year extension of CHIP at current funding levels. Governors stand ready to work with Congress to ensure children’s coverage is protected for millions of families.