Sandoval among 12 governors urging CHIP reauthorization

Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and 11 other governors from both parties signed a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday urging them to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Congress missed its Sept. 30 deadline to renew the program, which provides insurance to 9 million children nationwide and 27,500 in Nevada whose low-income families don’t qualify for Medicaid.

“As health insurance premiums climb to unsustainable rates, this program gives hard-working families access to otherwise unaffordable coverage,” the governors wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “Without it, access to essential health services like well child exams, asthma medicine, and hospitalizations will be at risk.”

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