ACR 256

Urges Congress and President to enact a long-term reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program.

NJEA supports AR113 (Vanieri Huttle, Jones, McKnight, Tucker, Downey).  This resolution urges Congress and the President to enact a long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CHIP, created in 1997, covers nearly 9 million children in the US whose parents don’t qualify for Medicaid.  CHIP was authorized through the end of September 2017, and while funding was extended by the federal government’s continuing resolution at the end of December, Congress has not yet passed long-term CHIP funding.

Health insurance is vital for children; lack of health care for children can negatively  impact behavior and achievement in school.  Furthermore, a child’s lack of health care have devastating effects down the road.  Failure to fund CHIP will not only hurt children, it will also impact New Jersey’s budget, as the state will lose funds federal funds for the program.

NJEA asks you support this resolution.

Text of bill ACR 256 

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