Gateway to Care Executive Director Idonia L. Gardner, Julie Pippert, Founder and Director of MomsRising, Anat Kelman of the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas, and Dr. Ronald R. Cookston, former GTC Executive Director met with the health policy staff of U.S. Senator John Cornyn to discuss the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act.
The group encouraged the reauthorizing of funding for CHIP beyond 2015. This Act ensures the over 1 million children in Texas who are currently covered by CHIP continue to have health coverage. It is estimated that since the inception of CHIP in 1997, the program has helped decrease the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. by half, from 14% down to 7%.
CHIP was set to expire September 30, 2015. On April 14, 2015, H.R. 2 – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed and later signed into law by the President! This legislation include funding for Outreach and Education which is critical to inform grassroots communities about resources available for the health and well-being of children and their families.
To learn more, click the Texas CHIP Fact Sheet link here: Texas-CHIP-Fact.