Op-ed: Congress must preserve vital lifeline to pediatric healthcare

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Op-ed: Congress must preserve vital lifeline to pediatric healthcare

October 10, 2017

Support for a program that funds healthcare for kids in low-income families should be a no-brainer. 

The Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was created in 1997 with overwhelming bipartisan support. It provides funds to states' Medicaid coverage of children in working families whose modest income disqualifies them from other support.

CHIP is now at risk due to congressional inaction. Funding that care is vital, says Dr. Brian Johnston, chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.