Since its inception in 1997, SCHIP has played an important role in providing health coverage to millions of low-income children. There can be no doubt the program is making a real difference in their lives.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation:
Despite this proven success, a reauthorization bill to expand SCHIP has stalled in Congress.
What are the stakes?
The level of federal funding will determine whether states have sufficient funds to continue covering children who are now enrolled and whether they will be able to expand coverage to cover millions of eligible children without insurance.
An expanded SCHIP would cover an additional 3 million children.
Now is the time for action.