With CHIP and CHC Funding in Danger, Thousands of Nevadans Health Care Hangs in the Balance

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 Nevada, and millions nationwide, depend on these critical programs for health insurance and care. Without this essential funding, 68,951 Nevada children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program could be at risk of losing coverage. And, Nevadans could lose $15 million in funding for its 31 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 Nevadans access to health care, including 68,951 Nevadan children.” said DNC Spokesperson Vedant Patel. “Senator Dean Heller and Nevada House Republicans must immediately take bipartisan action to protect these programs and the thousands of Nevada families who depend on them.”