House Democrats Introduce CHIP Legislation

New bills in Congress seek to make a number of program improvements to the Children's Health Insurance Program and extend funding through 2019.

Every Democratic member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee—led by Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), ranking member of the full committee, and Congressman Gene Green (TX-29), ranking member of the Health Subcommittee—introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019.

Without this legislation, no new funding for the CHIP program will be available after September 2015. Congressman Pallone was one of the original authors of the 1997 CHIP program, which has traditionally garnered strong bipartisan support at the federal and state level, and has grown to provide health insurance to more than 8 million children as well as pregnant women today.

The bill, the CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2015, makes a number of program improvements to reduce bureaucracy and increase state flexibility.

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