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During Confirmation Hearing, Burwell Pledges Support For CHIP

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Kaiser Health News, by Mary Agnes Carey

Ed Walz, vice president of communications for First Focus, a bipartisan children’s advocacy group, said Burwell’s comments indicate that “the incoming HHS secretary understands that CHIP performs a distinct role.” The health law “deliberately didn’t do a lot with CHIP” because the law’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion are focused on adults, he said.

“CHIP provides quality care at a price their parents can afford,” he said. “What we see here is recognition on her part that this ain’t broke. We just need to make sure that it just keeps on going.”

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