State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced she will soon introduce a resolution urging Congress to protect Ohio’s children and families by reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

“As we begin drafting the 2016-2017 biennial budget here in Ohio, it becomes imperative for Congress to act swiftly to ensure children in Ohio and across the country receive the care they need,” said Sykes. “Any uncertainty with CHIP funding threatens the state’s bottom line, leaving in question the state’s investment in covering the cost of our kids’ healthcare.”

CHIP funding is scheduled to run out in September 2015. Without congressional reauthorization, Ohio would be scheduled to lose $47 million in federal funds in 2016 alone. Together, CHIP and Medicaid have provided health care for millions of children nationwide, including nearly 1.4 million in Ohio, helping increase the state’s children’s coverage rate to a historic high at over 95 percent.

“In the past, Ohio has been a committed providing essential health coverage for children. To maintain this commitment, I will be introducing a resolution urging Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program,” added Sykes.

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