This week, I am feeling particularly thankful that Congress had the wisdom to create the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
CHIP covers children whose families' incomes are too high to qualify them for Medicaid, but not high enough that they can afford private health insurance. Since it was created with bipartisan support in 1997, CHIP has helped cut the number of uninsured children in half.
Funding for this crucial program is up for renewal this year and Congress must act before it expires. Without quick action, our state will lose critical money and thousands of kids in our state may lose the health coverage they depend on to stay healthy and ready to learn.