The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) congratulates Congress on reaching a bipartisan agreement to end the government shutdown and reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six 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 missed an opportunity to extend CHIP for ten years, saving the federal government an estimated $6 billion over that time, and we hope there will still be an opportunity during this Congress to pass an additional extension. Nonetheless, pediatric APRNs are deeply grateful that finally, after 114 days of confusion and uncertainty, families and state governments will receive the funding they need to maintain and strengthen health care coverage for our children. NAPNAP looks forward to working with Congress and the Trump administration to ensure that children and families never again face the loss of health care a result of federal inaction.
Jan. 22, 2018