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ADA, Others Advocate for Maintaining CHIP Benefits, Eligibility

March 18, 2015 The ADA joined with the Children’s Dental Health Project this week in sending a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in response to a discussion draft they released on funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  The letter addresses how their proposed program changes would affect dental benefits, and urges them to maintain CHIP benefits and eligibility:

“While eligibility levels vary from state to state, current policy allows states to address the variability in the cost of living across the nation. Eliminating that state flexibility and undermining the stability of CHIP by altering the federal limit income eligibility or reducing federal funds for the program hinders states’ ability to tailor programs to the needs of their populations and would result in fewer children accessing affordable dental care.”

In related news, the Partnership for Medicaid is urging Congress to pass a 4-year reauthorization for CHIP. The ADA has agreed to sign onto the letter the Partnership will soon send up to the Hill.