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Action-A-Day for 12/6: Congress STILL Needs to Reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Now almost a month later, Republicans still have not found the time to reauthorize CHIP, even though the program typically enjoys bipartisan support.

Now, Republicans want to include a temporary “fix” for the states that are running out of CHIP funding soonest on the “Continuing Resolution” Congress is voting on this week. This is an inadequate patch job and far short of the long-term reauthorization that CHIP needs.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Call your Member of Congress to tell them to reauthorize CHIP ASAP by using a bipartisan approach that is not accompanied by harmful offsets on the next bipartisan must-pass bill.

Call (877) 233-9025 and urge your Senators and Representatives to help get a strong, five-year CHIP extension over the finish line NOW.

The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger?
The New York Times, 12/5/17

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership from the Children's Defense Fund & Other Child / Health Advocacy Groups, 11/30/17

Information for this CTA is from Indivisible and the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). Photo from CDF Facebook page.