The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), 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, applauds the Senate’s decision to halt its efforts to pass legislation that would have resulted in higher health insurance premiums and the loss of coverage for millions of children and families. We extend our sincere appreciation to the senators who voted against this legislation, particularly Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for their courageous stand to oppose legislation that failed to address the concerns of pediatric APRNs. (See how your senator voted.)
NAPNAP calls on Congress to immediately move to approve a long-term reauthorization of current law that funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which will expire at the end of September. Given the uncertainty of federal funding, states are already preparing contingency plans that include reducing or eliminating children’s health coverage. Pediatric APRNs are very disappointed that Congress plans to leave Washington for a lengthy August recess without addressing this critical issue, leaving fewer than 30 legislative days before CHIP funding expires. We urge Congress to act now to enact a long-term CHIP reauthorization.