Governor Wolfs Offers a Statement on U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s Proposed Extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today offered a statement on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s proposed extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“The U.S. Senate Finance Committee leaders took a step in the right direction by announcing an agreement to extend for another five years the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides insurance benefits to 176,000 Pennsylvania children up to age 19.

“Those children are among the 9 million from low- and middle-income families who could lose benefits if the federal funding isn’t renewed by the September 30 deadline.

“While this is a positive step forward, I also urge Congress to take action to stabilize our insurance markets by mandating the payment of cost sharing reductions, which reduce deductibles and copayments for low- and middle-income people buying insurance on their own, and enacting other commonsense reforms so that everyone has accessible and affordable health care benefits in Pennsylvania and across the United States. There is limited time to stabilize the market before 2018 rates are submitted to CMS. I urge Congress to act responsibly on this issue as well.”

On August 31, Governor Wolf and a group of bi-partisan governors released a plan to strengthen the health insurance markets in a letter to Congressional leadership.