RAYMOND: Step up for Colorado's kids and extend CHIP funding now
As Colorado families begin to celebrate this holiday season with loved ones, about 90,000 families will be notified that their children might lose access to health benefits. In El Paso County and Pueblo County alone, almost 9,000 children could lose health coverage if Congress fails to renew federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
CHIP provides quality health coverage for families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Although 9 million kids across the country rely on CHIP, Congress let funding for the program expire on Sept. 30, leaving these families with questions and fear about the future.
While there still is time to extend funding for CHIP, it is almost too late. We are deeply concerned, not only for the patients we care for every day at Children's Hospital Colorado, but also for the thousands of children in communities across the state.