Action Alert:

Urge Congress to Extend CHIP

iStock_000002742697_MediumPlease join The Children’s Campaign, First Focus and other leading stakeholders in a sign-on letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to act quickly to enact a long-term extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Your support for CHIP has been instrumental in the past and we need your help again to secure CHIP’s future so that this essential program will continue to be available for the 8.9 million children and hundreds of thousands of pregnant women who rely on CHIP for their coverage. Funding is currently set to expire on September 30, 2017, but most states are now finalizing their FY 2018 budgets, and, need to know that CHIP will not run out of funding after next September.

If Congress fails to extend CHIP funding, millions of children who rely on CHIP will face coverage disruptions; many would lose coverage altogether. At a time when our nation has made so much progress in covering kids, this would be an enormous step backwards. Ensuring coverage stability for children is even more important now given the uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act and efforts underway on Capitol Hill to enact broader health system changes.

Click here to view the text of the letter.

To Sign-On: Click here to add your organization’s name, location and state to the letter

Click here to read First Focus’s latest fact sheet on CHIP.

Let’s make sure Congress knows that families and states are counting on them to pass an extension of funding this spring, well before the September expiration date. CHIP must be a top priority!

 

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