CHIP Reauthorized But...
The Continuing Resolution passed by Congress and signed by the President on January 22 funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP; HUSKY B in Connecticut) for the next six years, as well as funding the federal government through February 8. This provides much needed relief from the uncertainty and anxiety faced by the families of the nine million children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In Connecticut, about 17,000 children are enrolled in HUSKY B.
However, this stopgap funding measure did not address
- funding for our nation’s community health centers and other vital health programs that ended on September 30. Community health centers provide necessary health care for more than 25 million people across the U.S. In Connecticut, community health centers serve over 375,000 people a year.
- additional disaster aid for areas devastated by hurricanes last fall. There is a particular need for additional Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico.
- the status of the more than 800,000 Dreamers/DACA recipients who face termination of their protected immigration status on March 5.