U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after the House passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and extends funding for Federally Qualifies Health Centers (FQHC), by a vote of 242-174.
“Today, 227 Republicans joined 15 House Democrats to pass a fully paid-for, five-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which gives certainty to more than 350,000 kids who use CHIP in Illinois,” said Davis. “This is an issue that should not be partisan or controversial and typically has not been in the past but unfortunately, today was different. In 2015, the last time CHIP was reauthorized, the bill passed 392 to 37, today the vote total was 242 to 174. It’s time we move past this partisan bickering and work together on these important issues. The State of Illinois has said they have enough funding to continue the program for the short term, but it’s imperative our senators help pass this legislation so kids can continue to benefit from this program.”
More than 320,000 kids in Illinois utilize CHIP and there are 23 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the 13th District alone. H.R. 3922 reauthorizes CHIP for five years and extends funding for FQHC and responsibly pays for it by:
• Uses funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to allow children access to health insurance and fund critical community health centers.
• Lowers the income threshold from $1 million to $500,000 that requires wealthy seniors to contribute more to Medicare Part D and B programs.