]Tell Congress: Save CHIP now
The petition to Congress reads:
"Immediately renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program and refuse to
trade CHIP for deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act or
any other part of our social safety net."
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]Tell Congress: Save
Trump Republicans have put the lives of millions of children in
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers essential health
services for more than 9 million low- and middle-income children in states
across the country, and morally bankrupt Republican congressional leaders
just let its federal funding expire.^2
Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and other cruel right-wing extremists in
Congress could have saved CHIP months ago, but instead they launched
several failed attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act. Now, they are
trying to leverage CHIP to make deep cuts to our social safety net.^3 We
must speak out now to demand that Congress immediately renews CHIP with no
]Tell Congress: Every child deserves health coverage. Renew federal
funding for CHIP now. Click here to sign the petition.
CHIP is a widely successful health program. It has lowered the percentage
of uninsured children in the United States from nearly 14 percent, when
the Clinton administration launched the program in 1997, to 4.5 percent in
Low- and middle-income children and pregnant women rely on CHIP to access:
* Preventive health check ups
* Dental and vision care
* Lab work and x-rays
* Emergency services
Allowing federal funding for CHIP to expire shows that Republicans are
incapable of governing. It also makes clear that their heartless party
cares more about advancing their cruel agenda than the lives of American
children. Providing health care for children should not even be up for
debate, but Republican leaders are so consumed with their quest to gut our
health care and social safety net that no vulnerable population is off
limits for them to exploit.
Right-wing Republicans Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy derailed
legislation to renew CHIP when they introduced their latest version of
Trumpcare in September. Instead of advancing a bill to reauthorize CHIP,
Republicans put the full weight of their caucus behind legislation that
would have stripped health care away from low-income people and children,
women, seniors and sick people just to give Donald Trump the win he so
desperately wants. Our resistance forced Republicans to give up their
Trumpcare push for the time being, but the fight to protect our health
care and the health care of our children is far from over.
States like Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah are
already running out of funding to keep their state’s CHIP program going.
Minnesota will run out of funding by the end of October.^5 In the face of
massive public outrage over their failure to fund CHIP, Republicans in the
Senate Finance Committee recently advanced a bill to restore funding, but
House Republicans are refusing to finance CHIP without cuts to Medicare
and the Affordable Care Act.^6 We must speak out now to demand that
Congress restores CHIP and refuses to advance any bill that trades funding
for the program for cuts to any part of our social safety net. Add your
Tell Congress: Every child deserves health coverage. Renew federal funding
for CHIP now. Click the link below to sign the petition.
Thanks for all you do,
Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
]CREDO Action from Working Assets
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1. Valerie Strauss, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/17052
]9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP.
Congress just let it expire.” The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2017.
2. Clio Chang, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/17053
]The GOP’s Struggles to Re-Authorize CHIP Is a
Devastating Indictment,” New Republic, Sept. 28, 2017.
3. Robert Pear, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/17054
]Bill to Rescue Children’s Health Program Hits Snag
in House,” The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2017.
4. Strauss, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/17052
]9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress
just let it expire.”
5. Chang, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/17053
]The GOP’s Struggles to Re-Authorize CHIP Is a Devastating
6. Pear, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/17054
]Bill to Rescue Children’s Health Program Hits Snag in