WORKING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL TO RENEW CHIP FUNDING

Congress will not reallocate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Plan known as CHIP this year. CHIP provides insurance to the children of families who earn too much for Medicaid, but do not receive insurance through their employers. If CHIP funding is not reauthorized 9 million low-income children will not have access to basic health care.  As of September of 2016 there were 13,269 children under the age of 19 in DuPage County covered by CHIP.  I am working at the local level to make sure congress makes funding CHIP a priority in 2018.

Every year DuPage County sets a State and Federal Legislative Agenda. The Legislative Agenda is a very powerful tool.  The Legislative Agenda informs our local and federal representatives of our top priorities.

On December 12, 2017 I attended the meeting of the DuPage County Legislative Committee. I asked that the committee support federal funding of CHIP.  I am hopeful that the committee will support my recommendation.

Below is a copy of the summary minutes from the December 12, 2017 meeting:

Minutes

Legislative & Governmental Affairs Committee December 12, 2017

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Potential Legislation for 2018
Dates in April for a Committee drive down event to Springfield were considered.

Potential 2018 state legislation for the County agenda was discussed and included several consolidation bills, one that would combine the DuPage Board of Elections with the County Clerk. Member Krajewski discussed several Animal Control bills he is working on in cooperation with another County. Additional priority legislation for 2018 was discussed. Member Chaplin suggested the Commitee add to their agenda support for raising the age of purchasing tobacco to the age of 21. Member Chaplin requested Committee support for Federal funding of CHIP, Children’s Health Insurance Program. Member Khouri asked the Committee if items can be presented regarding taxes. A brief discussion followed.

 

 

 

Liz Chaplin

One Comment

  1. Liz I was at that legislative meeting as well. You made an eloquent plea to have CHIP place on the Legislative Agenda. You are always looking out for the people of DuPage County and their needs. Thank you!,!

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