Demand Congress Renew Funding for the CHIP Program

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program jointly administered by state and federal governments that insures children (and, in some states, pregnant women) whose families' incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. While CHIP benefits vary by state, every state covers basic services like shots, doctor visits, and prescription medication. Currently, about 5.7 million people are enrolled in CHIP nationwide. Federal funding for CHIP expired on September 30th and must now be renewed before Thanksgiving to prevent state CHIP programs from completely running out of money. Bills to renew CHIP's funding have been introduced in the House and Senate. The Senate bill, the KIDS Act, has bipartisan support and is ready to be voted on and passed. However, the House GOP has proposed a bill (the "HEALTHY KIDS" Act) that would fund CHIP by cutting more than $5 billion from the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund. If Congress does not pass a bill renewing CHIP's funding, states will exhaust their federal CHIP money as early as December of this year, endangering millions of children's healthcare access. Urge your congresspeople to support a bipartisan CHIP reauthorization effort and pass a clean reauthorization bill without policy riders that could delay the bill's passage."