WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer Wednesday began a push for a quick congressional extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal-state partnership that serves 275,000 children through New York’s Child Health Plus program.
Noting that Child Health Plus serves 14,475 children in Western New York alone, Schumer, D-N.Y., held a conference call with reporters to urge Congress to extend the federal program through 2019.
Failing to extend the program would dramatically increase health care costs for middle-class families who rely on Child Health Plus to provide affordable coverage for their children, Schumer said.
“No family should ever have to make the agonizing decision between taking their child to the doctor and footing the cost of exorbitant medical bills they cannot afford,” Schumer said. “We must reauthorize CHIP and keep an essential piece of our affordable health care puzzle in place.”