Thompson supports bill that funds CHIP for six years

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson on Friday voted in favor of a bipartisan Fiscal Year 2018 continuing resolution (CR), which funds the federal government at current levels through February 16, 2018. Importantly, the resolution includes six-year funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Under current law, federal funding will run out Friday night at midnight, unless Congress passes legislation. The House approved the short-term funding measure by a vote of 230 to 197.

Rep. Thompson issued the following statement:

“While stopgap funding bills are not ideal, this bill provides an important step forward for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, with a six- year extension that will provide states and families participating in the program the certainty they deserve.

“The bill also keeps the government open and ensures that our military has the resources it needs to keep our nation safe and secure. And finally, the measure delays three onerous and unpopular Obamacare taxes, which should be permanently repealed. I urge the Senate to quickly to pass this legislation and send it to President Trump for his signature.”

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS

r Extends government funding to February 16, 2018

r Extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years (through Fiscal Year 2023)

r Includes the same CHIP policies as the House previously passed with a bipartisan vote on November 2, 2017 in H.R. 3922–but extends CHIP funds and related policies an additional year

r Provides relief from three taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act: Medical Device Tax (delays implementation for 2 years); Health Insurance Tax (delays implementation for 1 year); Excise tax on high-cost employer health coverage, also known as the “Cadillac” Tax (delays implementation for 2 years).

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