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NAPNAP Opposes Graham-Cassidy Plan to Restructure Medicaid

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, is deeply disappointed that, as federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program is about to expire, the Senate is once again considering legislation that would undermine coverage for more than 37 million children covered by CHIP and Medicaid.  The proposal recently released by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would replace expanded Medicaid coverage and insurance premium subsidies with a limited block grant to states, and would cap federal support for state Medicaid programs.

NAPNAP urges Congress to once again reject converting the Medicaid program into a block grant or capping the federal share of its funding.  Instead, we strongly urge Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to focus on addressing the immediate crisis of the expiration of federal funding for CHIP and other safety net health care programs.