This one has flown under the radar, so please listen up--the health of millions of children depends on it.
Nearly 9 million children (and pregnant women) are covered by CHIP in their states. CHIP coverage is for children and pregnant women who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. This threshold is generally 200% - 250% above FPL (federal poverty level), depending on state. Because of the non-renewal of the funding, state CHIP trust funding will begin running out in November to January, depending on the level of funding in each state program. States are paying down their program reserves, but as funding is whittled down and the possibility of losing coverage looms, states are required to inform their members (those with CHIP coverage) of the fact that they will be losing coverage. In Colorado, for example, member announcements about lost eligibility will likely go out on 11/21.
This is in Congress’ hands. If the congressional logjam continues through November and into December, millions of families will have been told they will be losing healthcare coverage for their children. Poor sick children need healthcare, not political infighting.
All-of-us must make sure that CHIP is reinstated immediately.
1 Read this article to learn more.2 Call your MoCs (your representative and your Senators) and ask them to immediately reinstate the CHIP program. Use this script, from our friend Jen Hoffman (who is also shining a light on this critical issue):
Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and am calling about funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. It appears that the Senate is dragging its feet and putting the health of 9 million kids at risk. Can you tell me what Sen. [name] is doing to reauthorize CHIP funding before Thanksgiving