Daines Commits to Long-Term Reauthorization of CHIP, to Keep Government Open

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced his support for a proposal that would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and keep the government open.


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“24,000 Montana children depend on CHIP for vital health care services,” said Daines. “I am announcing my full support for a bill now moving through Congress that reauthorizes this critical program while avoiding a damaging government shutdown. It is inexcusable to let partisanship deny Montana families the certainty that this long-term CHIP reauthorization brings.”


The U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote this week on legislation that would prevent the government from shutting down on January 19th.  

CHIP provides vital health services for over eight million children and 370,000 pregnant women across the United States each year.

Since CHIP’s creation, the number of uninsured children has fallen by one-third. Today, the number of uninsured children is the lowest on record.

Montana counties with the highest number of children enrolled in CHIP:

  1. Yellowstone – 3,288 children
  2. Flathead – 2,950 children
  3. Gallatin – 2,765 children
  4. Missoula – 2,284 children
  5. Cascade – 1,325 children