Tell Congress to Extend CHIP Funding Now

The U.S. Senate decided not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill that would have jeopardized health care for millions of Americans. The Academy issued this statement following the announcement.

Defeating this legislation was a critical advocacy victory for children and families, and it was possible because of your efforts to galvanize quickly and speak out for your patients.

But, our work is far from over, as we must immediately turn our attention to extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

CHIP funding expires in three days on September 30. It is critical that members of Congress hear from you right now about the need to extend funding for the program for five years.

In fact, a bipartisan bill has already been introduced in the Senate that would do just that, and now we need Congress to do what is right for children, and finish the job.

Here is how you can take action today:

  1. Call your members of Congress:Below you will find the DC Office phone numbers for your senators and representative. We’ve included talking points at the bottom of this email to help guide your outreach. We also have NEW CHIP fact sheets with state-specific data. You can contact your members of Congress through email as well on the AAP’s federal advocacy website.

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R) (202) 225-5355
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) (202) 224-2315
Sen. Rob Portman (R) (202) 224-3353

  1. Share messages on social media using #CHIPworks.Sample social media posts can be found in thistoolkit.

For this information and more, be sure to check out AAP’s CHIP Advocacy Toolkit!

Talking points

  • Hello. I am pediatrician from {your state} and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am calling today to urge {Senator’s/Representative’s name} to support the Keep Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017 that would extend current level funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
  • CHIP funding expires September 30th. Without certainty from Congress on CHIP funding, states may be forced to make drastic cuts to the program. This could mean slashing enrollment, reducing benefits, and imposing higher costs for families. States will be forced to begin these actions as soon as October 1st. Immediate action is needed.
  • 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 level CHIP funding for five years. I also urge you to keep Medicaid intact in any future health care proposals as it is a lifeline for millions of Americans and must be protected.
  • Thank you for all you do for children.

One thought on “Tell Congress to Extend CHIP Funding Now

  1. As a social worker in a pediatric hospital in Ohio, I know all too well the consequences of the loss of Medicaid coverage for children. We have to act to ensure their needs are met.

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