Vermont ranks at the top or near the top of the list on a variety of metrics, including a child’s access to health care, and percentage of children who exercise regularly. Senator Leahy is a firm believer that with routine health care at a young age, children have better health outcomes and perform better at school.
In Vermont, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds Dr. Dynasaur, a program that provides low-cost or free health insurance for eligible Vermont children, teenagers up to age 18, and pregnant women. The program helps cover the costs of doctor visits, prescription drugs, dental care and hospital care. Across the country, CHIP provides federal funding for state programs that offer reduced or free health care services to low-income children, teens and pregnant women.
Knowing the benefits of providing health care to children at a young age, Senator Leahy firmly advocates for a four year extension of CHIP as a proud cosponsor of the Protecting and Retaining our Children’s Health Insurance Program (PRO-CHIP), which would extend funding for CHIP through Fiscal Year 2019.
In 2015 Senator Leahy voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill included a two year extension of the CHIP program. It was signed into law by the President on April 16 2015. Senator Leahy looks forward to continuing to advocate for programs supporting children’s healthy in Vermont and around the county.