STATEMENT: Denise Duncan Statement on Failure to Reauthorize CHIP

October 2017


Contact: Jeff Rogers, Communications Specialist
Jeff.Rogers@unacuhcp.org | 909-263-7230

LOS ANGELES, CA — UNAC/UHCP President Denise Duncan, RN, issued the following statement on the failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program by the September 30 deadline:

"It is critical that Congress prioritizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to ensure that the children who depend on it for health care don’t lose coverage. Right now ten states, including our home state of California, face the prospect of discontinuing insurance by the end of the year for the children and pregnant women in 19 states who rely on CHIP for access to health care. California has 1.3 million children covered by CHIP.

"An agreement has already been reached by the Senate Finance committee about the specifics of reauthorization. It is critical the CHIP program remains operational. UNAC/UHCP urges immediate action to ensure the nine million American children and pregnant women covered under CHIP are protected.”


United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) represents over 29,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals in California including, optometrists; pharmacists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; case managers; nurse midwives; social workers; clinical lab scientists; physician assistants and nurse practitioners.