Reichert Supports CHIP Reauthorization, Funding for Community Health Centers

Washington, DC –Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) supported and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act.

The bill authorizes a five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a two-year extension of the Community Health Center Fund, and a two-year extension of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program along with additional public health programs, including the National Health Service Corps and the Special Diabetes Program for Type I Diabetes.

“Nearly nine million children from low and middle income families across the country depend on care provided by the CHIP program,” said Rep. Reichert. “Now families will have the certainty their children will continue to receive quality health services, including dental care, prescription medication, and regular doctor’s visits.”

“With many rural communities throughout our region, funding for Community Health Centers and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program will benefit countless patients on the eastern side of the Cascades and throughout the 8th District. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take swift action in passing legislation to continue these vital health programs.”


CHIP Reauthorization:

  • Extends CHIP program for five years - through Fiscal Year 2022
  • Federal funding will increase from $21.5 billion in FY2018 to $25.9 billion in FY2022.

Community Health Center Fund:

  • Extends for two-years at current funding levels ($3.6 billion per year) the Community Health Center Fund. 
  • In 2015, community health centers employed nearly 190,000 people and served over 24 million patients. One in 13 people nationwide rely on a health center for their health care needs.

Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education:

  • Extends for two-years the THCGME program and more than doubles the funding to $127 million per year.
  • This is a residency program for primary care physicians and dentists who are based out of community health centers.
  • The program trains primary care physicians in these community-based and often rural settings to help attract the next generation of physicians to serve in rural communities and address physician shortages.

For further background on the bill, click HERE