CHIP Day of Action Jan. 10th

CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Please consider reaching out directly to your members of Congress and urging them to extend CHIP funding for five years.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R) (202) 224-3744
Sen. Joni Ernst (R) (202) 224-3254 

It has been nearly two months since Congress failed to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

It should not take children losing their health insurance for Congress to act.

The Academy and other child health organizations want lawmakers to hear a strong message to extend CHIP funding when they return to Washington this week. We need your help to make that possible!

Please join us this Wednesday January 10th, for a CHIP Day of Action.

Children and families have faced ongoing uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to access the health care they rely on. States have been under pressure to make difficult choices as they question the future of their CHIP programs. It doesn't have to be this way, and it is now up to the Senate to act.

Talking points

  • Hello. I am pediatrician from Iowa and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am calling today to urge Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernest to pass legislation that would extend current funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and maintain the bipartisan history of the program.
  • CHIP funding expired about two months ago. It should not take children losing their health insurance for Congress to act.
  • Real children and families are facing the implications and the ongoing uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to access the health care they rely on.
  • Because CHIP funding has not been extended, states have been forced to make difficult choices as they question the future of their CHIP programs. Actions range from slashing enrollment and reducing benefits to imposing higher costs for families, to potentially eliminating CHIP altogether. Already several states are using funds meant to operate the program to begin the process of shutting it down.
  • It doesn't have to be this way. CHIP is a bipartisan success story. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its very beginning.
  • Nearly 9 million children across the country are enrolled in the program. CHIP stands on the shoulders of Medicaid to cover children in working families who are not eligible for Medicaid and lack access to affordable private coverage.
  • The program is designed around what children need. It offers benefits that are age-appropriate, including dental coverage and mental health and substance abuse services, which may not be covered by a family's employer-sponsored insurance.
  • CHIP plans include networks of pediatricians, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, and children's hospitals, which are especially critical for children with special health care needs.
  • Please take immediate action to extend current CHIP funding for five years. We cannot leave our children and families to face an uncertain future any longer.

Thank you for all you do for children.