Rep. Green Blasts Partisan GOP Bill to Fund CHIP and FQHCs
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green, Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on the partisan House Republican bill to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Federally Qualified Health Community Centers:
“While I strongly support extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), delaying cuts to Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, and advancing other critical healthcare programs, this legislation includes offsets that undermine access to coverage and services and shortchanges the American citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Both CHIP and FQHCs are bedrocks of our health care system, providing health insurance to almost 9 million lower-income children and serving on the front lines by providing high-quality primary and preventative care to more than 25 million Americans, respectively. Rather than continuing bipartisan negotiations and looking for a compromise, the GOP moved forward with offsets that undermine health coverage for people who rely on Medicaid and Medicare and dramatic cuts the Public Health Prevention Fund, which supports vaccination programs, infectious disease detection and prevention, and chronic disease prevention.
The notion that we have to cut important programs and take insurance away from one group to give it to another is a false choice. I hope my colleagues in the Senate can work on a bipartisan compromise that will provide full and stable funding for these programs for five years in a way that does not reduce care or kick other people off their health insurance.”