Bipartisan Renewal of CHIP & Community Health Centers!

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Background:
Federal funding ran out on Sept. 30 for both CHIP, which annually insures nearly 9 million children and pregnant women whose families’ incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, and Community Health Centers, which are the main source of health care for more than 25 million low-income Americans regardless of their ability to pay, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Some states will exhaust their federal CHIP money as early as December.

House Republicans have proposed legislation, HR 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to renew funding for both CHIP and community health centers, but pay for the programs by cutting 75% of funding for the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund (which funds programs that prevent disease in communities across the country). The bill is also funded by additional changes that will weaken the American healthcare system such as: reducing the grace period for individual insurance market consumers to pay their premiums before losing insurance from three months to one (which the CBO estimates will lead to 500,000 losing health insurance coverage), and eliminating the safety net coverage Medicaid and CHIP provide for pregnant women and children who are trying to find another source of health insurance coverage.

The House is scheduled to vote on HR 3922 on Friday, Nov. 3rd. It is unacceptable to use CHIP funding as a bargaining tool to win partisan victories, cut critical public health initiatives, and further unnecessary attacks on the ACA.

1) Let’s start calling Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765 around 10:30AM

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles healthcare?

I’m calling to urge Rep. Smith to advocate for a bipartisan approach to the renewal of funding for CHIP and Community Health Centers. Millions of children and lower income Americans rely on this funding for insurance. Congress needs to reauthorize funding immediately since some states are already running out of federal funding. However, I oppose the proposed cuts to the ACA Prevention and Public Health Fund included in the House’s reauthorization bill H.R. 3922 (the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act). We should not extend CHIP and Community Health Centers by taking money away from the ACA and weakening Medicare or Medicaid. I urge Rep. Smith to oppose any bill including these cuts, and call on Congress to use a bipartisan approach that won’t harm the American healthcare system. We do not need to take away healthcare from others to offer it to our children and lowest income Americans. Thank you.

2) Let’s start calling our Senators (Booker D.C. 202-224-3224, Newark 973-639-8700; Menendez D.C. 202-224-4744, Newark 973-645-3030) around 10:00AM…

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of the Senator’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles healthcare?

I’m calling with my strong support for a bipartisan approach to the renewal of funding for both CHIP and Community Health Centers. It is imperative that Congress immediately passes clean bipartisan reauthorization bills for both CHIP and Community Health Centers without cuts to the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, or weakening of Medicare or Medicaid as proposed in the House’s CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act. I appreciate that the Senator has cosponsored S. 1827, the KIDS Act, a bipartisan bill to extend funding for CHIP. I want the Senator to ensure that we do not extend CHIP and Community Health Centers by taking money away from the ACA and weakening Medicare or Medicaid, which will harm the American healthcare system.

If you have a personal story to relate to this issue, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!

Sources

Congress Needs to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program


https://5calls.org/issue/bipartisan-renewal-chip-funding

Caller best practices:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bh-wNrUSJgQHs7OfsOu7HMyNuCK4veyRsRH0IfibG6Q/edit?usp=sharing

www.IndivisibleGuide.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNJ4thDistrict/
Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/
Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)
Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact
State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000
Study up on the issues: https://www.grbwomensinitiative.org/resources/
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