Submitted by Health-Law-Anno... on 03/25/2015 - 1:26pm.
March 25, 2015 alert from Families USA
|Dear Health Action Advocate,
Today we have a chance to show that we care about children's health care by letting our members of Congress know that, as childrenâs and health care advocates, we support the bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP provides affordable, comprehensive, high-quality health care to more than 8 million children, and this is expected to grow to more than 10 million in the coming year.
On Thursday, Congress is voting to extend funding for CHIP, a program that covers 8 million children. You need to act TODAY.
Tell your member of Congress to vote for children's health and support an extension of CHIP funding today by sending a message using the sample language at the bottom of this message.
Unless you act today, our opportunity to preserve and protect CHIP may be lost. House lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation that would extend funding for CHIP as part of a permanent solution to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), often referred to as the "doc fix." The current SGR agreement expires on March 31, 2015.
CHIP is currently funded through September 2015, and states are already developing their budgets for the next fiscal year. Many governors have already weighed in and called on Congress to move quickly to extend funding for CHIP. Thatâs why it is important that Congress act now.
What you can do TODAY to ensure that funding for CHIP is extended before time runs out:
Patrick Willard, Field Director
Shannon Attanasio, Deputy Director, Government Affairs
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