Levin Statement on Republican CHIP Reauthorization Bill

Nov 3, 2017 Issues: Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member, today released the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 3922, which reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) using harmful pay-fors:

“This flawed bill comes more than one month after the deadline and relies on harmful offsets that would rip coverage from hundreds of thousands of Affordable Care Act enrollees, shift costs onto Medicare beneficiaries, and raid billions from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. At a time when we should be strengthening, not abandoning, our investments in the health of the American people, Republicans have instead chosen to pass this bill that jeopardizes funding for immunizations, lead poisoning prevention, opioid treatment, and other important public health priorities to pay for what should have been a bipartisan proposal.

“I urge the majority to immediately abandon their partisan approach and commit to working in a bipartisan way to reauthorize CHIP to ensure that millions of children don’t lose health coverage and extend funding for Community Health Centers and other crucial programs that the Republican Congress has allowed to expire.”