Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to the members of Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation urging them to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a fundamental element of health care access for more than 122,000 Louisiana children in need through the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP). Congress recently missed a September deadline to reauthorize the program, leaving the necessary funding to continue providing services to children in jeopardy.

“Thanks to the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program, children who would otherwise have little to no medical care have access to high performing health care services, resulting in one of the lowest child uninsured rates in the nation,” said Gov. Edwards. “It is absolutely imperative that Congress reauthorize CHIP, restoring medical care for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children and giving them a healthy state at life.”

LaCHIP at a glance:

  • Louisiana is projected to run out of federal LaCHIP funding in January 2018.
  • Since 2003, Louisiana’s rate of uninsured children fell from 11.1 percent to just 3.8 percent in 2015.
  • Children with access to health care early in life are less likely to need care as they reach adulthood, more likely to thrive without the use of social services as adults and are more likely to develop health lifestyle habits. (Georgetown University Health Policy Institute)

Click here to read Gov. Edwards’ letter to the Louisiana Congressional Delegation.