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Sens. Hatch and Wyden: What the CHIP Deal Can Teach Us About Bipartisanship

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, gives vulnerable children and their families peace of mind that they will have access to quality healthcare coverage. Anchored by a deeply held belief that the health of our future is more important than the political division of the present, CHIP was created on a bipartisan basis. Thanks to this foundation, it has continued and improved over the years through some good, old-fashioned congressional consensus-building.

Last week, after an extensive debate that took far longer than either of us would have preferred, Congress passed the longest extension of CHIP since the program’s inception in 1997. This is a moment worth celebrating, and we believe there is a rare opportunity to do even more to secure children’s health for the future.


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