Bob Bonar, chief executive officer at Children’s, penned a letter to the Star Tribune emphasizing the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as federal financial support ended on September 30 and has not been reauthorized or funded by Congress as of November 3. Mr. Bonar points out that CHIP:
- Helps cover 125,000 Minnesota children through the Medicaid program.
- Provides access to pre- and postnatal care for some 1,700 pregnant women.
- Provides coverage to almost 9 million children nationally.
Mr. Bonar writes that “by helping our poorest children stay healthy, CHIP creates great health and economic benefits not only for those children by for our society as a whole. The future of our community depends on having healthy, well-educated kids.”
Read Mr. Bonar’s full plea for congressional support in the Star Tribune: Health coverage in peril.