State House committee takes first step to preserve children's insurance program

Written by Rachel McDevitt | May 22, 2017 5:52 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A state House committee has taken a step to extend an insurance program for Pennsylvania children who don't qualify for Medicaid.

The House insurance committee on Monday unanimously approved the bill to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years.

The program is personal for Republican Representative Rich Irvin of Huntingdon County, who is the legislation's prime sponsor.

"I know this is a very vital program. My kids were actually under the CHIP program before I was elected to the state House," Irvin said. "I think it's very important that we continue this coverage as there are over 174,000 kids enrolled in the CHIP program as of April of this year."

CHIP is set to expire at the end of this year. Irvin's bill will extend the program to December 31, 2019.

The measure now goes to the full House. 

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