HEALTH INSURANCE FOR LOW INCOME CHILDREN, ‘IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.’

December 21, 2017, Mississippi Public Broadcast, Ashley Norwood- The bill offers $2.85 billion dollars to temporarily fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program into March. It also gives $550 million dollars to community health centers and extends other public health programs. Children’s advocates and Mississippi officials welcome the offer but are seriously urging Congress to consider long-term funding through the next five years. Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson says more than 79,000 children in Mississippi can’t do without CHIP. “I would hope that other states who are equal beneficiaries of this program will see it like I do and not use it somehow like a political football. Go ahead and do it because it’s the right thing to do,” said Thompson.

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