Day of Action to Urge Congress to Extend CHIP is Thursday

It is time to go all in to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP funding expired on September 30, 2017. This is a real deadline with real consequence for children and families who rely on the program, and the AAP has been leading efforts on the Hill and in the media to urge immediate passage of funding.

Like 14 other states, Ohio uses CHIP funds to provide Medicaid to the 223,583 CHIP-eligible children in what is known as Healthy Start. Healthy Start covers uninsured children in families who do not qualify for Medicaid and earn up to 211 percent of the federal poverty level, or $43,086 annually for a family of three. Ohio does not charge premiums or cost sharing for health care services. Click here for Ohio’s CHIP fact sheet.

On Thursday (October 5) AAP is leading a day of action to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation right away to extend CHIP funding for five years as both the U.S. House and Senate are marking up their CHIP bills. Everything you need to know is included in this toolkit – the latest state-of-play on legislation, our talking points, social media messages, resources and more.

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics has an entire day of social media posts planned! Find our pages to like, share and retweet:

The AAP is following the hearings closely and will be weighing in as they learn more about the bills’ fate in both chambers. The Ohio AAP will share this information with our members via social media and our email newsletter.

AAP will be doing another day of action on Wednesday, Wednesday, October 11, 2017. In addition, they’ve provided a toolkit to share with external partners and non-pediatrician networks. The link is here.

The Ohio AAP’s Annual Meeting on October 27-28 focuses on state and federal advocacy, including a keynote address from Mark Del Monte, JD, the Chief Deputy and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and External Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Learn about responding to calls to action by making phone calls, sending emails, tweeting, writing letters on numerous emergent issues and much more. Click here for more information.

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