01/11/18 • UPDATE

STATEMENT: By extending CHIP, Congress would save $6 billion

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By extending CHIP, Congress would save $6 billion

(FARGO, N.D.) – The Senate previously passed a bipartisan extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that did not include any funding mechanisms, while the House passed a version that paid for CHIP extension with cuts to Medicaid. Initially, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis found that extending CHIP for 10 years would cost $8.2 billion and then lowered that amount to $800 million after Congress enacted other legislation.

The CBO stated in a letter today that extending CHIP for 10 years will save $6 billion while maintaining coverage for 9 million low-income children.Congressional candidate Ben Hanson released the following statement:

“Congress has run out of excuses to not extend this critical program. It was common sense for Congress to extend CHIP before, and it’s common sense now. Thousands of low-income children in North Dakota, and their families, deserve certainty when it comes to their livelihoods.

“Instead of spending time playing political games, Congress should show up and do the work they were elected to do. Congress should extend CHIP immediately.”



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