Arkansas Health Leader Asks Congress to Act on CHIP Funding

"Because Children Can't Vote"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 47,000 Arkansas children hang in healthcare limbo.

Funding for the Children Healthcare Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired on September 30, 2017. 

In Arkansas, the federal funds will run out by March. 

Marcy Doderer, President and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock is speaking out, and encouraging Congress to vote to reinstate funding to the program. 

AR Kids First insurance is funded by CHIP and Medicaid. 

Without it, thousands of families will be forced to buy private insurance they can't afford, or go without. 

"If we can get this high on the agenda of Congress in the next month or so, get them to take care of this program, it's a bi-partisan supported program, get them to do that before the holidays, everyone or better than the 6 or 8 million kids across the country who receive CHIP can go to sleep comfortable that they've got health insurance," Doderer said. 

Legislation for a long-term extension of CHIP is in the works in the house. 

Doderer hopes bringing attention to the issue now will help move the process along before other states lose funding at the end of the month. 


 


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