National Partnership for Women & Families

Congress: Prioritize our nation's children. Fund CHIP fully. Right now!

Congress: Prioritize our nation's children. Fund CHIP fully. Right now!

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Prioritize our nation's children. Fund CHIP fully. Right now!

Dear Member of Congress,

More than nine million kids, and millions of families, are depending on you.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has played a central role in closing the health care coverage gap for kids. Over the past 20 years, the uninsurance rate among children has dropped a whopping 67.9 percent, to a historic low of 4.8 percent.

While it varies by state, at a minimum CHIP covers well-baby and well-child visits; immunizations; hospital, surgical and medical services; developmental screenings and any necessary follow-up services; vision, dental and hearing assessments and necessary follow-up services; and laboratory, X-ray, dental and emergency services. These health services help children get and stay healthy.

CHIP plays a critical role in combating health disparities that harm children of color and connecting all children to the health care they need. The program also improves families' economic security by giving low- and middle-income families that make too much to be covered by Medicaid an affordable option to purchase insurance for their kids.

In addition, in 19 states, CHIP also covers pregnant women, which is essential for the health of women and babies.

That's why I urge you to fully fund CHIP today. Don't delay another day!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]