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Thanks to all of your calls and resistance over the many months, we did once again stop Senate Republicans from advancing a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. It is time now for Congress to pivot back to passing a long-term funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as current funding for the program ended on September 30. The Senate and House of Representatives must move swiftly now to pass the bipartisan Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act (S.1827), authored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), a strong five year CHIP funding extension bill . Until Congress takes action, there will be no new funds to ensure health coverage almost nine million children, so there is great urgency in states to see funding continued immediately so they can avoid sending termination notices to families or freezing enrollment. Please call (877) 233-9025 TODAY and urge your Senators and Representatives to help get a strong, five-year CHIP extension over the finish line NOW.
For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.
The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
CHIP funding remains uncertain as Saturday deadline looms
September 29, 2017, Crains New York
NY Lags in Reducing Child Poverty
September 19, 2017, Public News Service-Daily Newscast
If Congress Doesn’t Act Fast on Children’s Health Insurance, Millions Could Be at Risk
September 18, 2017, https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/09/18/failure-to-finalize-childrens-health-insurance-bill-could-leave-millions-at-risk/