House Passes Championing Healthy Kids Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives, with the support of Congressman Scott Taylor, voted to pass H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, which funds important public health priorities including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The legislation grants a five-year extension of CHIP, a state-run insurance program that provides health care to lower-income children, and a two-year extension of FQHCs, which offer comprehensive health services to over 24 million patients annually, regardless of their ability to pay. The bill also includes over $1 billion for the Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to ensure patients can maintain access to care, and eliminates the $5 billion in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Reductions scheduled under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“As I have said before, leaders must act. Children’s Health Insurance Program and Federally Qualified Health Centers are successful programs that provide care to millions of Americans in underserved regions each year," said Congressman Scott Taylor. "I am proud of my colleagues for their hard work in bringing this bill to the floor, and recognizing that these programs not only deserve our funding, but demand our protection. Additionally, this bill includes funds to help continue to protect the people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. We are committed to leading on these important issues.”