Brown Announces Passage of Legislation Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program Through 2017

Brown Led Senate Efforts to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Legislation Will Also Ensure Medicare Seniors Can Continue to See Their Doctors by Replacing Flawed Medicare Reimbursement Model

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017.

“This is a victory for children, families, and seniors. After working with children’s hospitals and families across Ohio, we won bipartisan support to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2017, without detrimental changes to the program or major cuts to its funding,” Brown said. “While I would have preferred a four-year extension, this bipartisan compromise will ensure that the children of hardworking families across the country will continue receiving the care that they need to grow into healthy adults. Extending this lifeline program is a win for CHIP families everywhere.”

“The Senate also voted to ensure that Medicare seniors can continue to see their doctors.” Brown added. “By repealing and replacing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate for Medicare physician payments, doctors across the country will no longer rely on short-term patches or face uncertainty in receiving Medicare payments or caring for their patients.”

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 repealed and replaced the SGR and extended CHIP for two years. Brown was the lead sponsor of the Protecting and Retaining Our Children’s Health Insurance Program (PRO-CHIP) Act in the Senate. Because of the two-year extension passed last night, children and pregnant women who receive health coverage through CHIP will not lose their health coverage.

 A summary of Brown’s Ohio visits leading up to extension of CHIP follows: