Central Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone helped mark the 17th anniversary of the CHIP - the federal Children's Health Insurance Program, known as Family Care in New Jersey - by pushing for its extension for another two years. The 6th District Democrat highlighted its success during an event at the PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick Thursday morning, saying CHIP - and Family Care - fill gaps in coverage among the middle class.
"The cost of living in New Jersey is so expensive," says Pallone, " that even if you're making $30,000 or $40,000 a year, if you have a couple of kids, it's very hard to afford."
The current federal CHIP program is set to expire in September of 2015. Pallone's legislation would help extend it to 2017. And he says previous extensions typically have had bi-partisan support.