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House to Strengthen Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Today

August 1, 2007

At a time when there are serious problems in our health care system, the Children's Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as CHIP, has a proven track record. 

            Over the last decade, as the number of uninsured Americans has increased, the number of children living without health insurance has actually decreased.  Thanks to the CHIP program, we have experienced a 60 percent drop in the number of uninsured children. 

            This week, the House plans to reauthorize the CHIP program as part of the CHAMP Act.  Congress must act on this legislation now.  In the past, CHIP has received strong bipartisan support.  However, in an about-face, the President and some Republicans have abandoned their support of CHIP on supposed "philosophical" grounds. 

            If Congress refuses to act this week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that nearly a million children will lose their health coverage.         

            Democrats are not going to allow that to happen.  We are going to pass the CHAMP Act this week so that eleven million children have access to the health insurance they need to live healthy lives.