10.02.17

Capito Statement on Importance of Reauthorizing CHIP Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued this statement regarding funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Reauthorization legislation for the program is scheduled to be marked up in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

“I understand the benefits the Children’s Health Insurance Program offers to many students in West Virginia. This is why for two decades, dating back to my time in the West Virginia State Legislature, I have championed this important program and support ongoing efforts to reauthorize it. The legislation to reauthorize CHIP that is advancing in the Senate has strong, bipartisan support.”

Background: Existing CHIP funding expired on Saturday, September 30, but funds for the program are available for another two years. In fact, West Virginia has enough money remaining to serve all beneficiaries through April 2018 according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. 

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