November 11, 2014
Take 5 minutes for the common good: Sign petition on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Faith leaders and advocates are joining together to urge Congress to pass a four-year extension to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This extension will stabilize the program and ensure states can continue to operate programs without interruption.
Since its inception in the 1990s, The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided health coverage to nearly eight million children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private coverage.
While states are developing 2015 budgets and negotiating contracts with insurers and providers, they need to know federal support for CHIP will exist beyond 2015. If funding is not stabilized, states must make drastic program cuts through enrollment caps, benefit reductions, reductions in eligibility or provider payments. Millions of children enrolled in CHIP would be at risk and many will have no other coverage option available.
Help vulnerable children everywhere. Sign the petition Sunday, Nov. 23 to protect our children! —Adele Reynolds