Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden votes to reopen government, provide historic extension of funding for Children's Health Insurance Program

January 23, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden votes to reopen government, provide historic extension of funding for Children's Health Insurance Program 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representatives today passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to reopen the government, by a vote of 266-150. The Senate passed this same CR earlier in the day by a vote of 81-18. Included in the CR is a provision authored by Rep. Greg Walden providing six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is the longest and most generous funding extension of the program.

“I was proud to author and see passed into law the biggest extension of children’s health insurance in the history of the program,” said Walden. “This is really important for 122,000 children and pregnant women in Oregon, and 9 million across the country who rely on CHIP for their health insurance. Our legislation gives them certainty for six years, the longest and biggest extension of the program in history. For those who said they were for it but then voted against it, shame on them.”

Over the weekend, Senate Democrats blocked a government funding measure that provided the longest extension of CHIP in the program's history. Rep. Walden was the only member of the Oregon delegation to vote to provide a six-year extension of CHIP for the 122,700 Oregon children and pregnant women who rely on the program every day.

Background:

In November, the House passed Walden's CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act by a bipartisan vote. H.R. 3922 extends funding for CHIP, Community Health Centers, and other important public health programs.

H.R. 3922 was fully offset through responsible reforms like reducing federal subsidies for seniors earning more than $500,000 each year (or $40,000 each month) by limiting government contributions for their Part B and D premiums, and disenrolling lottery jackpot winners from Medicaid to prioritize the most vulnerable.

Last month, the House acted to provide short-term funding for states to continue their CHIP programs, including over $96 million for children and pregnant women in Oregon. 

Last Thursday, The House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government. Included in the CR is a provision providing six years of funding for CHIP, which is the longest and most generous funding extension of the program.

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