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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham statement on CHIP, CHC reauthorization

November 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted Friday to reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC).

HR 3922, the Championing Health Kids Act, passed the House on Friday morning. It extends funding for CHIP for five years and CHCs for two years.

On CHIP reauthorization:

"Protecting our most vulnerable class of young people should not even be up for debate. The children have no say in the management of their health. As Congress, we're tasked with making sure they are protected as much as they can be," Dr. Abraham said.

On CHC funding:

"Community health centers provide a valuable tool in delivering health care and act as an important safety net for people in rural ares. As a physician, I want to ensure that everyone has access to good, quality medical care, and CHCs help provide that access," Dr. Abraham said.

The bill heads to the Senate for consideration.