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Urgent Action Needed on Children's Health Insurance and Other Legislative News

From healthcare to immigration and home visiting, September has been a very busy month. Learn more about proposed federal legislation that would affect young children and their families in Oregon and across the country. 

Children's Health Insurance/CHIP

Funding for The Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) is set to expire tomorrow if Congress doesn't act. The Kaiser Family Foundation released a brief that says Oregon is one of 10 states that will run out of CHIP funding in 2017 if the program isn't re-authorized. 

The Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act (S.1827) would reauthorize CHIP funding for five years, including maintaining critical funding for outreach and enrollment to ensure eligible children are enrolled in health insurance. CHIP has helped to ensure historic levels of children’s health care coverage in Oregon


Home Visiting/MIECHV

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) is set to expire on September 30, 2017, unless Congress acts now. The House passed its version of the 5-year MIECHV reauthorization bill, (H.R. 2824) on September 26.

The House version requires state matching funds which could have a significant negative impact for Oregon.

The Senate version of the reauthorization bill (S. 1829) introduced on September 19 requires no matching state funds to maintain home visiting programs.

Dreamers/DACA

On September 9, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established in 2012 by President Obama would be rescinded. DACA provides protections from deportation and work permits for eligible immigrants who came to the United States as children. The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615/HR. 3440), which would provide lawful status and a clear path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other immigrant youth has not been scheduled for a vote in either the House or Senate.


Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Bill

As of Tuesday, September 26, the Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will not move to the Senate floor for a vote, killing the proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has vowed to continue attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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