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Rockefeller Bill would Extend CHIP by Four Years, Strengthen Dental Component

June 24, 2014

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Health Care, last week introduced the CHIP Extension Act of 2014. The legislation seeks to extend CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) through 2019. CHIP covers over 8 million children and over 300,000 pregnant women.

Sen. Rockefeller’s legislation would give states incentives to improve the dental portion of their programs by offering supplemental dental coverage to children who are dentally uninsured or underinsured, and by providing dental coverage for pregnant women enrolled through CHIP.

Sen. Rockefeller was one of the chief sponsors of the original CHIP legislation in 1997. The program is designed to provide high-quality dental and medical care, through state-run insurance plans, for children and pregnant women whose families can’t afford private insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid.