Hillary Clinton calls on Congress to re-authorize Children’s Health Insurance Program

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Hillary Clinton reminded the Congress to re-authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in a series of tweets on Monday.

CHIP provides health coverage for low-income children through the Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. The federal government and states provides funding for the program. States administer CHIP, which covered almost nine million children last year.

Congress missed deadline to re-authorize CHIP

The former Democratic presidential nominee noted that the issue did not get enough attention from lawmakers. According to her, it is the first time Congress missed the deadline to re-authorize CHIP on time.

In her tweets, Mrs. Clinton noted that “Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass CHIP” in the 1990s.  She added that many states are currently preparing to send out notices to parents that their children’s health insurance is in jeopardy.

The funding for CHIP expired at the end of September. States still have funds for the program until December.

Mrs. Clinton said, “The test of any society is how it treats its children. We cannot allow millions of kids to basic health care.”

Mrs. Clinton is among the champions of CHIP during the first term in office of former President Bill Clinton. As First Lady, she pushed hard for the program.

The late Senator Edward Kennedy together with Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a legislation to create CHIP. Mrs. Clinton supported the legislation, which passed the Congress and signed into law by Pres. Clinton in August 1997.

In an interview with the Associated Press in 2007, Sen. Kennedy said, “The children’s health program wouldn’t be in existence today if we didn’t have Hillary pushing for it from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Mrs. Clinton praised bipartisan bill to re-authorize CHIP

On Monday, Mrs. Clinton also praised expressed gratitude to the Senate Finance Committee for “passing a strong and much needed bipartisan” legislation last week to re-authorize CHIP.  She said, “Now, let’s get this done.”

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said the Keeping Kid’s Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS Act) passed by voice votes. The bipartisan bill will extend fund for CHIP for five years. Over time, it will transition the program to its traditional federal-state partnership.

Sen Hatch added, “Extending funding for CHIP has been a top priority of this committee.”

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Bruce James: You need to go wherever you call home and shut up we don’t want to hear your voice or see your picture
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Ronald Johnson: Who the hell does this bitter old hag think she is?
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Barry Foster: She needs to remember that she has no more influence than Joe smoe from Kokomo
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Ricky Keil: Hey, I know a Joe from Kokomo! His last name isn’t smoe though  
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Dan Morrow: Shut up and go away
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Mike Ellis: She realizes she is NOT an elected official...right???
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Charles Wiggins: Well I call on congressman to make sure you pay for all the crimes you committed
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Ken Dopheide: I call BS, she don’t have any authority to call on anybody to do anything. She’s just hoping something happens so she can take make believe credit for it.
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Gerald Winter:
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Rick Tremmel: I thaught oboma are was so good maybe they should go under that and eliminate a program use taxpayers are paying for
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Gary E. Jones: 'The test of any society is how they treat their children' says the woman who laughed about getting a child rapist off and supports the killing of our unborn children.
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