-- Congress reconvenes this week with several top priorities this month, according to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH): to raise the debt limit, pass a budget, take care of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and insure that CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, gets renewed.
"CHIP funding runs out September thirtieth," says Senator Brown. "It's authorization and reauthorization, meaning keeping it in affect and expanding it and growing it and perfecting it if you can ever do that precisely with health insurance, and making sure all kids have the best possible care is something we should work together on, something that that congress in the past has done."
Senator Brown says for tens of thousands of Ohio children using CHIP, they can see a family doctor instead going to the emergency department for an expensive visit among other things. "It means vaccine and shots, it means dental coverage, it means better treatment if kids get sick, it means better attendance at school," Senator Brown says.
During his confirmation hearings, Senator Brown says he asked Tom Price, President Trump's selection for Secretary of Health and Human Services about CHIP, and Price told the senator he was for the reauthorization of CHIP but didn't answer definitely if he was in favor of keeping the CHIP expansion which came with the Affordable Care Act.
This Thursday, Brown says he expects the Senate Finance Committee to bring up CHIP reauthorization.