Des Moines, IA—Last night, the Senate and House missed the deadline to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) -- meaning federal funding for the program will expire at the end of the month. As a result, access to medical care for 9 million children nationally, and more than 80,000 in Iowa, will be in jeopardy.
While state “carry-over” funds for CHIP are estimated to sustain the program in Iowa until early 2018, federal funding for CHIP is built into Iowa’s FY 2018 budget. If federal CHIP funding is not renewed, the state would have to make up the shortfall or Iowa children would lose insurance coverage.
The following is a statement issued by John Norris, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Iowa:
Gov. Reynolds’ use of our rainy day funds to avoid a special session to fix her failed budget was reckless and irresponsible. Gov. Reynolds’ mismanagement of our budget has made a dire situation for 80,000 Iowa children even worse. Situations like this, when Congress fails to pass a CHIP fix, are the reason we have state reserve funds.
Iowa needs a strong and consistent advocate for our children and a solvent state government. Unfortunately, we again are seeing absolutely none of that from Kim Reynolds. We literally cannot afford leadership like this.
John Norris is a fifth-generation Iowan running for Governor. He was raised on the Montgomery County family farm his Great-great grandparents settled in 1881. Educated in Red Oak, Simpson College and The University of Iowa College of Law, John served as the Chief of Staff to both the Governor of Iowa and the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 and reconfirmed in 2012 to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Follow John on Twitter @JohnNorrisIA