With CHIP and CHC Funding in Danger, Thousands of Arizonans Health Care Hangs in the Balance
September 29, 2017
Republicans fled town and abandoned their responsibilities to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers, which expires across the nation tomorrow. Thousands of children, pregnant women, and low-income workers and families in Arizona, and millions nationwide, depend on these critical programs for health insurance and care. Without this essential funding, 88,224 Arizona children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program could be at risk of losing coverage. And, Arizonans could lose $63 million in funding for its 21 community health centers, forcing many to close their doors.
“Republicans were so busy trying to force a sham repeal of the Affordable Care Act through the Senate that would strip health care away from millions, that they dropped the ball on renewing funding for CHIP and community health centers, programs critical to thousands of Arizonans access to health care, including 88,224 children.” said DNC Spokesperson Vedant Patel. “Arizona Republican Senators and Representatives must immediately take bipartisan action to protect these programs and the thousands of Arizona families who depend on them.”