Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rob, look what you did!


Let's thank Congress for funding CHIP and ensuring millions of kids stay covered!

Dear Rob,

You did it!

You (and about 40,000 other MomsRising members) wrote, called, tweeted, sent letters to the editor, and dropped by the offices of your members of Congress in support of extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)AND IT WORKED!

The House and Senate both passed H.R. 2 the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 with overwhelming majorities—and the President signed it into law this past Thursday. [1] Thank you for using your voice to help make sure over 8 million kids will continue to have health insurance through CHIP!

Can you join us in thanking members of Congress for extending funding for CHIP?

Lately, it hasn’t been very common for the two parties in Congress to work together on…anything really, especially healthcare. ;-) So this is a big deal! Let’s make sure they know we appreciate this commendable bipartisan effort and that we want them to continue working to improve children’s access to healthcare.

Let’s keep the momentum going!

While CHIP funding has been secured for the next two years, the healthcare of children and families is still in jeopardy. Congressional budgets are threatening to gut the Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to 55 million children, newborn babies, and people with disabilities. [2,3] The proposed changes would scale back benefits and reduce the number of people eligible for coverage. So when we thank our members of Congress for voting “yes” on CHIP, we also want to remind them to do the same with Medicaid and vote “yes” to protect this important healthcare program.

Let’s make sure Congress knows we appreciate their supporting children’s health coverage by extending CHIP funding…and that we want them to continue to do so by keeping and strengthening Medicaid.

Sign our “Thank You” letter:

Over 8 million children nationwide relied on CHIP in 2013 for their health coverage. [2] And since this program was enacted in 1997, it has helped to decrease the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. by half, from 14% down to 7%. [3] CHIP is a program that has proven itself successful and we couldn’t be happier that Congress came together to continue funding.

Hearing from constituents after a vote can be just as important as before the vote because it helps our lawmakers understand that we’re paying attention and care about the votes they make on our behalf. And speaking the truth - they hear a lot more criticism than they do thanks.

Help make sure our message is loud and clear by forwarding this email to your friends and family and posting this link on social media:

Together we are a powerful voice for the health of children.

- Felicia, Ashley, Sili, Nina, and the whole MomsRising team

P.S. Read more about this historic legislation and what it includes here:

[1] White House

[3] New York Times, House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law

[3] Kaiser Family Foundation,Children’s Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA

[4] First Focus,Why CHIP Is Still Critical for Kids

[5] Kaiser Family Foundation,Children’s Health Coverage: Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA

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