Congress has passed a two-year budget that includes support for essential health programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
While there is still a lot of information to dig through in this bill, we know this: It funds CHIP for 10 years, provides $6 billion over two years to combat the opioid and substance abuse epidemic, and closes the Medicare Part D “donut hole” so seniors can afford the medicine they need.
This budget deal also provides a two-year reauthorization for community health centers, with an increase in funding, ensuring that our children and families have access to the care they need.
In addition to health care, the budget also provides many benefits to families with children. It reauthorizes the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program and provides $4 billion for higher education programs that focus on affordability and completion. There’s also nearly $6 billion for child care funding for programs such as the Child Care Development Block Grant.
We are excited to see Congress making these investments in our families and our community.