Governor Wolf: Congress Must Take CHIP Kids Off Back-Burner

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on Congress being two months late to reauthorize the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expired on September 30, 2017:

“Right now, the Republican-controlled Congress is steamrolling through a massive tax cut for the ultra-wealthy. Yet, it has not found time to simply reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program that benefits more than 9 million children and expecting mothers. This is a complete abdication of responsibility and it is creating unnecessary anxiety for families around the Holidays.

“Pennsylvania will run out of funding for this program in the first quarter of next year. But some states will not be as lucky. The tax cuts for the wealthy and health care repeal votes prove that Congress can do things expeditiously. By letting this program expire and languish, Congress is telling 176,000 kids in Pennsylvania that they don’t care about them. Our children should be Congress’ top priority, not forced to the backburner.

“These families deserve better from Washington and they should reauthorize CHIP before one child suffers as a result of their inaction.”