NAPNAP Raises Concerns About Administration’s Insurance Orders; Renews Call for CHIP Funding

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, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is very concerned about the potential impact of President Trump’s decisions to end cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers and encourage the sale of loosely regulated health plans with limited benefits that could seriously erode coverage of essential services and risk further weakening already unstable health insurance markets. While these policies don’t directly target children’s coverage, NAPNAP is troubled that they will harm access to health care and distract Congress from the critical priority of reauthorizing federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expired two weeks ago. The administration’s actions make it all the more urgent for Congress to quickly pass a bipartisan long-term CHIP funding agreement that protects children’s coverage, given the deepening uncertainty in health insurance markets.