Kaiser Tracking Poll Shows CHIP Funding is Much Higher Priority than Tax Reform

The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll was released today and it has good news for those who care about children’s health. While children’s advocates may feel that their messages about the need to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has not been getting through, this poll shows somebody has been listening to their pleas as it was a top legislative priority for those polled.

When asked about a series of legislative issues, 62 percent of those polled say reauthorizing funding for CHIP should be a “top priority” for Congress and the Trump Administration in the next few months. This is followed by 61 percent who say providing funding for places in the U.S. affected by hurricanes and 48 percent who say stabilizing the ACA marketplaces should be a “top priority”.

By comparison, tax reform falls lower on the list of the public’s priorities, with about 28 percent saying it should be a “top priority.” It ranks similar to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with 29 percent ranking that as a “top priority.”

To learn more about the poll, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation website.