Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3922, the Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation (CHAMPION) Act, which includes an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):
“Millions of kids rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program—millions of children who might not otherwise receive health care. Our vote today extends funding for this program for five more years, and extends for another two years vitally important public health programs, like the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program and Community Health Centers. On top of that, every cent in this bill is paid for with common sense reforms, such as ensuring taxpayers don’t foot medical bills for lottery winners and stopping people from gaming health insurance grace periods at the expense of taxpayers.
“Nothing in this bill should be controversial, which is why it was disappointing to see 171 Democrats–almost every single Democrat member—vote against it. Nevertheless, House Republicans will not be deterred from responsibly funding children’s health care.”