Protect Children’s Health care: MAKE CHIP FUNDING PERMANENT

Published on August 23, 2021 in

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Protect Children’s Health care: MAKE CHIP FUNDING PERMANENT.

Contact your elected officials and encourage them to protect children’s health and help Michigan’s working families by making CHIP funding permanent.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has served as an effective and efficient health insurance option for children of working families for more than 20 years. Thanks to CHIP, families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance can access high quality, affordable pediatric health care for their children.

According to United Way’s ALICE Report, 38 percent of Michigan families were struggling to afford their basic needs even before the pandemic hit — including more than 128,000 families with children. Comprehensive, affordable health coverage for children is essential to the financial stability of Michigan households and children’s long-term development and growth.

Unfortunately, Congress let CHIP funding lapse for months in 2017, forcing states to make contingency plans for the program’s possible demise. Advocates and lawmakers worked to extend funding while families across the country received disenrollment notices and faced an uncertain future about their children’s health care.

Because this funding needs to be renewed every five years, Congress has let it lapse in the past. This creates confusion and disruption. Families should never have to feel the fear and worry of whether their child will have access to essential health services.

We need your help to encourage members of Congress to make CHIP funding permanent.

This is a priority because:

  • CHIP covers nearly 10 million children in working families across the country, including 60,000 in Michigan.
  • Access to quality, child-centered health care in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is critical for their long-term development and growth.
  • CHIP’s lower premiums and out-of-pocket costs ensure working families can afford health insurance and care for their children.
  • Access to early quality health care has been proven to help children succeed in school.
  • Making CHIP permanent would ensure that health coverage for children is no longer subjected to arbitrary deadlines and funding cliffs that lead to chaos, distress, and anxiety for families across this country.

Tell your members of Congress to make CHIP funding permanent today!