Yesterday (Wednesday), Senator Tim Kaine spoke on the Senate floor urging Congress to re-authorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program – known as CHIP – sooner rather than later.
Congress missed its initial September 30 deadline to refund CHIP, and now states like Virginia are using leftover funds to keep the program going through the end of January. But Kaine says come December 1st, CHIP recipients will be told their coverage is slated to end.
“And you can imagine how this would produce tremendous anxiety to family members…getting a letter on December 1st, right around Christmas saying your children’s health insurance is going to be cancelled in 60 days,” Kaine said.
The program provides health insurance to kids and pregnant women for families that make too much income to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough for private insurance.
According to Voices for Virginia’s Children, 20,117 children and 694 pregnant women in central Virginia received coverage through CHIP at some point during FY17.