'On stable footing': Hatch, health leaders meet to celebrate CHIP's renewal

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SALT LAKE CITY — Providers, advocates and state health leaders met with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, at Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Wednesday to celebrate the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for another 10 years and to recognize the senator for his efforts supporting it.
“(The program) provides a crucial lifeline for families working hard and still struggling to make ends meet,” said Jessie Mandle, senior health policy analyst for Voices for Utah Children, a nonprofit advocacy organization.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program — called CHIP for short — provides federally funded health insurance for people 18 and younger living in low to modest income households that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.
Nationwide, about 8.9 million youth have CHIP health insurance, per health care policy think tank Kaiser Family Foundation.
“But in the end we made it and we made made smart policy changes to put CHIP on stable footing.”
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