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Dennis A. Ross

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Ross Votes to Pass Responsible, Commonsense Bill Extending Funding for CHIP and Other Critical Public Health Programs

Fully offset bill provides stability for low-income children’s health care across the country

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Washington, November 3, 2017 | J.P. Freire (202-225-0782) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, voted to provide stability and certainty to ensure children’s access to health care by supporting the Championing Healthy Kids Act. The bill passed by a vote of 242-174.

“The Championing Healthy Kids Act offers real reforms to entitlements, curbs Obamacare’s red tape, and ensures children’s access to health care, all while reducing the deficit by more than $2 billion over ten years,” said Congressman Ross. “This is a step in the right direction.”

The Championing Healthy Kids Act provides funding extensions of vital, popular public health programs, including:

  • A five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • A two-year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Community Health Centers
  • A two-year extension for additional public health programs, including: The National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program.
  • H.R. 3922 also provides $1 billion for the Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to address existing shortfalls, and eliminates the FY2018 and FY2019 Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) reduction as included in the Affordable Care Act.
  • The bill is paid for using a number of commonsense offsets, that will: modernize and strengthen Medicaid’s third-party liability requirements, disenroll lottery jackpot winners from Medicaid to prioritize the most vulnerable, reduce federal subsidies for seniors earning more than $500,000 each year (or $40,000 each month) by limiting government contributions for their Part B and D premiums, roll back the ACA’s grace period requirements to prevent individuals from gaming the system, and redirect Prevention and Public Health Fund dollars to public health programs that have proven successful and earned broad, bipartisan support in Congress.

    Groups supporting H.R. 3922 include:

    Alliance of Specialty Medicine

    American Association of Teaching Health Centers

    America’s Essential Hospitals

    America’s Health Insurance Plans

    American Hospital Association


    Association for Community Affiliated Plans

    BlueCross BlueShield Association

    Council for Affordable Health Coverage

    Federation of American Hospitals

    Healthcare Leadership Council

    Louisiana Hospital Association

    Medicaid Health Plans of America

    Missouri Hospital Association

    Salud USA

    Texas Hospital Association

    Wisconsin Hospital Association

    For more information, click here.


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