Congress Failed to Reauthorize CHIP Funding

For Immediate Release
Oct. 2, 2017

Michele Stickel
917-746-8273 * mstickel@napnap.org

NAPNAP Urges Congress to Act Now to Fund Children’s Health Coverage

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2017 – With federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) having expired Saturday, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) calls on Congress to take immediate action to reauthorize CHIP funding for at least five years. As the national association representing more than 8,500 pediatric nurse practitioners and fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) committed to providing optimal health care for children, NAPNAP is disappointed that Congress has failed to extend funding for a program that has had broad bipartisan support for 20 years and contributed to historically high children’s health care coverage. As a result, states must now use their remaining funds to prepare to reduce or eliminate their CHIP programs rather than invest in improving coverage for children.

NAPNAP has endorsed the “Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act” (S. 1827), bipartisan legislation that would fund CHIP for five years and maintain current federal funding levels and eligibility standards through 2019.  We urge Congress to act without delay to pass legislation that meets those standards and ensure stable coverage for our nation’s children.

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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s only professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing more than 8,500 healthcare practitioners with 19 special interest groups and 50 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first NP society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused PNPs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. NAPNAP.org