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Senate Finance Committee Adopts CHIP Reauthorization Bill

Wednesday, October 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: MaryBeth Wilkerson
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The Senate Finance Committee has reported bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the full Senate, subject to amendment, by voice vote.  One Senator voted no; Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) did not announce the name of the Senator voting no.

Chairman Hatch stated the legislation, a Chairman's Mark to S. 1827, the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), extends funding for CHIP for 5 years, transitions the program to its traditional federal/state roles, allows greater state flexibility and provides more protections for children in low-income families.

Chairman Hatch also addressed health care extenders that are expiring this year, stating passage of the Medicare and Medicaid extenders will become the Chairman's top health care priority upon adoption of the CHIP reauthorization legislation.  He also assured Senators the Committee has, in the past, retroactively extended Medicare and Medicaid extenders after they expired, making providers whole.

Committee Ranking Member Wyden noted that multiple Senators on both sides of the aisle wanted to offer amendments to the CHIP bill, expressing appreciation that Senators decided not to offer those amendments in order to expedite adoption of the bill.  Committee Members are currently offering statements and discussing amendments they had planned to offer.

The Chairman's Mark of the KIDS Act, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) preliminary estimate, and Chairman Hatch's opening statement are attached.

Click here for the Chairman"s Mark of the KIDS Act.

Click here for the Congressional Budget Office preliminary estimate.

Click here for Chairman Hatch's opening statement.

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