Health Care

Congress Needs to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program


The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act.

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Check the map below to see when your state runs out of CHIP funding, and call your Member of Congress to tell them to reauthorize CHIP ASAP.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately.

Staffer: Thanks for calling. [MoC] is strongly supportive of CHIP.

For Republicans

Caller: If [MoC] were really strongly supportive of CHIP, he/she would have insisted that leadership schedule a vote on reauthorization ASAP. Our state runs out of CHIP funding in [check the map above]. What is [MoC] doing to make sure CHIP gets reauthorized ASAP?

Staffer: I’m not sure, but he/she is strongly supportive. I can pass on your thoughts.

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [MoC] does to make sure CHIP is reauthorized.

For Democrats

Caller: Thank you. Our state runs out of funding [check the map above] so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.

Staffer: Thanks. I can pass your thoughts on to the [MoC].

Caller: Thank you very much and thank you for your support.