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Expansion of CHIP sought despite threats of funding cuts

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | May 19, 2018 8:35 AM
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks before he signs legislation reauthorizing Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Human Services has launched a new campaign to raise public awareness about the Children's Health Insurance Program. 

More than 180,000 Pennsylvania Children are enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP.

But Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller says the CHIP Strong campaign is seeking to get as many more children as possible enrolled in the program, which provides free or low-cost health insurance for kids up to age 19 who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medicaid.

"We've got a very low uninsured rate for kids, but there's still kids out there without insurance, so we're just trying to reach everyone we can and make sure all kids have access to the healthcare they need," she said.

While CHIP was re-authorized by Congress in January for six years, Miller says Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey and the department are pushing back against a Trump Administration proposal to cut the program's funding in half. 

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