Rep. Lowey joins fight to save Children’s Health Insurance ProgramPosted: Updated:
Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey visited White Plains Hospital Monday demanding that Congress reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program.
CHIP is a joint state-federal plan which began in 1997 and expired in September. It is part of the Medicare and Medicaid family of government health insurance. Nine million children around the country depend on the program. Now, several states, including New York, are in jeopardy of running out of money to keep it going.
Rep. Lowey says congressional Republicans are moving forward with a $1.5 trillion tax bill instead of reauthorizing CHIP.
"The Republicans can't support a program like CHIP that really provides health care to thousands and thousands of children right here in New York and thousands and thousands in every small town across the country," Lowey says.