Congressman Brady Cosponsors Bill to Fund CHIP & Community Health Center Reauthorization

Dec 7, 2017 Issues: Health care

Philadelphia--- Congressman Bob Brady (D., PA) is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4541, a bill that reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community Health Centers and other important public health programs while paying for it in a common sense way that does not strip funds from other health care programs.  Funding for CHIP expired on September 30, putting health care for nearly nine million American children at risk.    

The legislation fully extends CHIP for five years, and Community Health Centers (CHCs) and other important public health programs for two years. It also takes important steps to address the critical health care needs of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   

“As our Republican colleagues continue to stonewall on reauthorizing CHIP, we have to do all we can to ensure that Congress does its job and funds health care for children in families living on the economic edge, including the nearly 350,000 children enrolled in public health programs in Pennsylvania,” Brady said. “It’s unconscionable for Congress to turn its back on funding health care for children who are living healthier lives because of CHIP, a program that works.”

The bill responsibly pays for these programs by shifting the timing of payments to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office.  

This proposal stands in stark contrast to the House Republican plan that raids the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare. House Republicans want to strip health coverage from as many as 688,000 people by reducing the time that people have to pay their premiums, cut $6.35 billion from the ACA’s Prevention Fund, and cut $5.8 billion from Medicare by raising premiums and undercutting the program.

“For months, Congressional Republicans have refused to agree to any meaningful bipartisan action, and instead have decided to strip health care away from hundreds of thousands of people, sabotage the Affordable Care Act, and undermine Medicare,” Brady said. “H.R. 4541, reauthorizes CHIP, Community Health Centers and other important public health programs while funding them in a reasonable way that doesn’t take health insurance and services away from children and families.”