FINKENAUER: CONGRESS MUST WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES TO PROTECT CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, PREVENT DRASTIC DHS FUNDING CUTS

Dubuque, IA – As recently reported, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will run out of funding in a few weeks and require reauthorization by Congress (“Get ready for the next big health care fight. This one’s all about kids”). CHIP is an essential program that provides coverage for 60,000 Iowa kids in 2017. 86% of the program is funded by the federal government (Iowa DHS) and loss of that funding would be a devastating hit to our state which is already struggling with a massive budget shortfall.

“There are some issues that are above politics, and there’s no question that health care for children should be one of them,” Finkenauer said. “This bipartisan program has been repeatedly reauthorized under presidents of both parties. Congress needs to put politics aside and act like adults so that Iowa children can continue to receive the health care services they need. Failure to do so would be a severe cut to an already struggling DHS that will put health care coverage at risk for 60,000 Iowa kids.”

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