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Congress Lets 9 Million Children Lose Health Insurance Coverage

Congress allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire on September 30, 2017. By failing to act, 9 million children are at risk for losing their health insurance. The program, created in 1997, provides health insurance to low-income children and pregnant women. CHIP had been reauthorized every five years since its creation.

CHIP has been an incredible success. The program was instrumental in reducing uninsured rates for children, from 14 percent in 1997 to 4.5 percent by 2015.

Oregon is projected to exhaust its CHIP funding by the end of 2017. Along with 48 other states and the District of Columbia, Oregon assumed continued federal funding for CHIP in its 2018 fiscal year state budget.

Currently, 96.7 percent of children in Oregon have health insurance coverage. When CHIP funds expire, Oregon will have to act to maintain health care coverage for low-income children in 2018 and beyond. We do not currently know how Oregon will continue health coverage for those affected.

“Regular health care is crucial to children’s development,” said Swati Adarkar, Children’s Institute’s president and CEO. “Preventive care like well-child visits, immunizations, and vision and dental screenings are fundamental for keeping kids healthy so they can thrive and reach their full potential.”

Contact U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to let them know letting CHIP expire is unacceptable.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Contact by email

Washington, DC: 202.224.5244

Portland: 503.326.7525

Bend: 541.330.9142

Eugene: 541.431.0229

Medford: 541.858.5122

Salem: 503.589.4555

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Contact by email

Washington, DC: 202.224.3753

Portland: 503.326.3386

Bend: 541.318.1298

Eugene: 541.465.6750

Medford: 541.608.9102

Salem: 503.362.8102


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Kids’ health should be above politics. Re-authorize CHIP. #CHIP @RonWyden @JeffMerkley http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

96.7% of kids in Oregon have health insurance. When happens when #CHIP funds expire? @OregonGovBrown http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

Sample Facebook Posts (copy & paste)

Congress let the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) expire last Saturday. 9 million kids are at risk of losing their health care coverage. Call Senators Wyden and Merkley and let them know kids needs healthcare now. #CHIP Without CHIP, 9 million kids could lose their health care coverage. #CHIP @RonWyden @JeffMerkley http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

Kids deserve a healthy start in life. Without the Children’s Insurance Health Plan, millions of kids won’t have access to a doctor for basic care like well child-visits, immunizations, or vision care. Tell Senators Wyden and Merkley that all kids need healthcare now. #CHIP Without CHIP, 9 million kids could lose their health care coverage. #CHIP @RonWyden @JeffMerkley http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

Regular health care is crucial to children’s development. Without CHIP, 9 million kids could lose their health care coverage. #CHIP @RonWyden @JeffMerkley http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

Care like well-child visits, immunizations, and vision and dental screenings are fundamental for keeping kids healthy so they can thrive and reach their full potential. Tell Senators Wyden and Merkley kids need healthcare now. Without CHIP, 9 million kids could lose their health care coverage. #CHIP @RonWyden @JeffMerkley http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

Every child in this country deserves a healthy start in life. Tell Senators Wyden and Merkley that all kids need healthcare now. #CHIP Without CHIP, 9 million kids could lose their health care coverage. #CHIP @RonWyden @JeffMerkley http://www.childinst.org/ci-updates/26-hot-topics/900-congress-lets-9-million-children-lose-health-insurance-coverage

 

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