Congressman Bergman’s Statement on Voting in Favor of H.R. 3922

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Washington, November 3, 2017 | comments

I’m proud to have supported this legislation, which provides funding for essential healthcare programs for children and those most in need. These common-sense policies protect the most vulnerable, while prioritizing spending, reducing federal subsides, and ensuring tax-payer money is spent efficiently and effectively. We can and must continue to invest in programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers because of the invaluable services they provide in Michigan’s First District and across the country. However, with our national debt over $20 trillion, Congress must also be vigilant about how we prioritize spending on federal programs. The types of reforms included in this legislation should accompany any spending bill that Congress approves.”

The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (H.R. 3922) includes:

  • Five year extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Two year extension of Community Health Center funding at $3.6 billion;
  • Eliminates Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) reductions;
  • Two year extension of funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, the Youth Empowerment Program, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers,  Funding for the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program are included in this bill;
  • Two year Extension of the Special Diabetes Program for Type 1 Diabetes and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians; and
  • Over $1 billion for the Medicaid programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

H.R. 3922 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 242-174.

 

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