Rauner Silent as Health Insurance for 300,000 Kids at Risk
As Federal Funding for CHIP Expires, 325,990 Children in Illinois at Risk
Chicago, IL – This weekend, federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides health insurance for 325,990 children in Illinois expired, but Bruce Rauner stayed silent.
CHIP is a state and federally funded program. In Illinois, 88% of total spending on the program, or over $200 million, comes from the federal government. Experts estimate the state might run out of money for CHIP by March, leaving thousands of Illinois children with no options for health insurance.
“Bruce Rauner should have been fighting to prevent hundreds of thousands of Illinois children from losing access to health insurance without CHIP, but Rauner chose to stay silent,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Once again, children are the collateral damage of Bruce Rauner’s failure as governor.”