“The Church also
supports the just obligations of a society to serve those who are often left
out and to be present with those who suffer. Because it originates from and
carries out Christ's healing work, the Church's ministry is freed to contribute
to the health care system as well as to address its injustices.”
– ELCA social statement, “Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor
On September 30, 2017, the Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP) expired because Congress failed to renew this essential program
for children in the wealthiest nation on the planet.
the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate vote to pass tax cuts for
corporations and wealthy individuals, in many states, funding for CHIP is running out. States are beginning to limit
coverage to basic, quality health insurance coverage, putting some nine million
children across our country at risk. Congress must act now to ensure coverage
for our poorest and most vulnerable children.
CHIP was created twenty years ago when both Democrats and Republicans
worked together to address the urgent lack of health care access for children
of low-income families. As a result, the percentage of children without access
to health insurance dropped from 14 percent in 1997 to 4.5 percent in 2015.
CHIP provides the most basic of services, including immunizations, visits to
the doctor when sick and regular check-ups.
matters. Please contact your representative and senators and urge them to renew
CHIP as soon as possible.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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