March 26, 2019

KENNEDY, KATKO INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO STRENGTHEN MEDICAID & CHIP

Legislation would stabilize eligibility for Medicaid & CHIP beneficiaries

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) today introduced the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act to protect Americans from losing health care coverage due to onerous paperwork, temporary loss of housing or other life events for adults and children. By guaranteeing 12 months of continuous coverage, this legislation would improve health outcomes, reduce administrative costs and increase health care coverage.

“Losing health care unexpectedly can leave patients vulnerable to illness and financial ruin,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Guaranteed continuous coverage for children and families covered by Medicaid and CHIP will reduce life-threatening bureaucratic churn that denies patients the treatment they deserve when they need it most. With Congressman Katko’s partnership, we can pass this bipartisan legislation and strengthen health care programs that protect millions of Americans.”

“Millions of Americans rely on Medicaid and CHIP for health insurance and cannot afford lapses in coverage,” said Congressman Katko. “No adult or child receiving coverage through these programs should lose their eligibility as a result of unexpected life events that effect Americans of all backgrounds. This bipartisan policy guarantees 12 months of Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for the most vulnerable members of our society. I thank Congressman Kennedy for his leadership on this issue and I am optimistic this legislation will create positive health outcomes for American families.”

“This legislation will save patients with low incomes the threat of loss of health coverage, and the thicket of red tape that goes with re-enrollment in Medicaid. It also spares providers, health plans and states the costs and headaches associated with addressing disenrollments which owe themselves to paperwork rather than underlying eligibility,” said Margaret A. Murray, CEO, Association for Community Affiliated Plans. “We’re proud to lend this legislation our complete support, and are grateful for the bipartisan leadership of Representatives Kennedy and Katko.”

The Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act has received the support of American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, Kennedy Forum, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Council for Behavioral Health, School-Based Health Alliance, America’s Essential Hospitals, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, the Children’s Hospital Association, and Families USA. To read the full legislation, please click here.

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For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2019 

Contact:
Dan Black (202) 225-5931