On September 30, Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), leaving millions of families in a state of uncertainty. California will exhaust its CHIP funds at the end of this year. California’s families cannot wait. The continued uncertainty puts at risk close to 2 million children and pregnant women who currently rely on CHIP in California, as they would stand to lose coverage if Congress does not act. Legislators on both sides of the aisle agree CHIP is a critical investment for children’s wellbeing. Yet, despite bipartisan support, the program faces an uncertain future.
Millions of American families who depend on CHIP should not be left to stress about the future of their children’s health coverage. Funding for CHIP is an easy victory for lawmakers and a win for the of children in California and the nation. Congress needs to take action now.
California’s health centers, children’s groups, and health advocates have joined forces to highlight the urgency in funding CHIP and the community clinics and health centers. Administered together as Medi-Cal in California, Medicaid and CHIP have helped ensure a historic 97% of coverage for the state’s children. CHIP provides health insurance for nearly 9 million kids nationally — and roughly 2 million in California alone. California’s community health centers treat 6.5 million patients – one-third of which are children.
Read an OpEd written by Louise McCarthy, MPP, president and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County & Mayra E. Alvarez president of the Children’s Partnership on the urgency in funding CHIP and the community clinics and health centers.
Support CHIP and CCHCs- Let your Member of Congress know delayed action harms children and families!
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- Use the graphics below to tweet to your Representative and urge them to #ExtendCHIP, #ProtectOurCare and #KeepKidsCovered!
The Children’s Partnership has been partnering with education and community partners to host a series of community forums to connect with families and respond to questions and concerns about their child’s health care, including questions related to immigration. Since January, The Children’s Partnership and partners have held over 25 Let’s Talk community forums and have talked with over 900 families!
Check out our pictures below of our events throughout the State:
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