Background from Indivisible Guide:
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.
Congress is using the health insurance of 9 million kids as a political football. Bipartisan negotiations in the House fell apart over how to pay for CHIP. However, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R CA-23) has announced that the House will vote on a partisan bill to fund CHIP next week. The Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3921) extends CHIP by by taking money away from the Affordable Care Act and weakening Medicare. We need to reject the premise that we can only offer healthcare to children by taking it away from others.
If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. We need our Members of Congress to reauthorize CHIP ASAP but using a bipartisan approach that won’t harm the American health care system!
Rep. Faso: I’m calling to ask you to support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately, using a bipartisan approach. We do not need to take away healthcare from others to offer it to our children. Additionally, New York state runs out of CHIP funding in early 2018. You have said you support CHIP and will be speaking with your colleagues. What are you doing to make sure CHIP gets reauthorized ASAP?
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