Congress has allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which insures 9 million children in the United States, to expire. The program provided coverage for children in families making under 200% Federal Poverty Level (FPL) as well as to pregnant women. CHIP played a huge part in decreasing the rate of uninsured children from 14% in 1997 to 4.5% in 2015. By taking no action to renew the program before September 30, 2017 the U.S. Congress allowed the program to lose future funding, putting millions of American children at risk of major health complications from ordinarily treatable conditions. CHIP covers comprehensive coverage for children, including routine check-ups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, laboratory

and x-ray services, and emergency services. The out-of-pocket costs are different depending on which state a family is living in, but they will not exceed 5% of a family’s annual income. For the 9 million children covered by CHIP, many live with chronic health conditions like diabetes that could cost a family much more than 5% of their annual income were they to lose their coverage. In the House of Representatives, partisan differences in whether CHIP should be funded by taking money from Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to offset the cost of the program are also taking their toll and drafting the bill to cut healthcare funding Americans also rely on. Due to Congress’ inaction, funding for CHIP programs has ceased on the federal level and…