CHIP is a public-private partnership in which 70% of kids get coverage through private insurers. It has the overwhelming support of the nation's governors, as well as America's Health Insurance Plans who represent private insurers. In fact, the carefully crafted bipartisan compromise bill can even strengthen private sector insurance because it allows states to use CHIP funds to help families purchase qualified employer-based coverage.
And, contrary to much misinformation, the bill focuses the program on serving low-income kids who are U.S. citizens. The legislation does not increase income eligibility limits, nor does it provide for coverage of illegal immigrants.
This is not a debate about government versus private insurance -- both will be part of any real solution to our nation's growing health care crisis. It is about ensuring that we do right by our children so that they can grow into healthy, productive adults.
We respectfully urge you to sign this important health care legislation.
William D. Novelli Edward Langston, MD
Chief Executive Officer Board Chairman
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