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Record #: R2018-39   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/17/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Final action:
Title: Call for U.S. Congress to renew funding for Children's Health Insurance Program
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Austin, Carrie M.
Attachments: 1. R2018-39.pdf
Related files: R2019-362




WHEREAS, The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has enjoyed widespread support among both Democrats and Republicans since it was enacted in 1997; and


WHEREAS, The program, which has flourished for two decades, provides nine million children from lower income families with medical care whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid coverage; and


WHEREAS, The CHIP program has been reauthorized every five years by Congress; and


WHEREAS, In December Congress provided short-term financing for CHIP, but lawmakers have not moved to give the program another five-year allotment because Democrats and Republicans disagree on how it will be funded; and


WHEREAS, The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the program will cost $800 million; and


WHEREAS, Elimination of the program endangers the health of children by removing federal funding for their coverage which is administered by the states; and


WHEREAS, A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 16 states expect to exhaust their federal CHIP funds by the end of January and that 21 additional states expect to run out of CHIP funding by the end of March; and


WHEREAS, Some of those states have already begun freezing enrollment in preparation for shutting down parts of the program's coverage; and


WHEREAS, A lack of federal funding for the program may force parents to go without health insurance for themselves in order to pay for their children's health insurance; now, therefore



BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and the members of the Chicago City Council do hereby urge the United States Congress to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.