What We Need To Know About the 9 Million Kids Who Just...

What We Need To Know About the 9 Million Kids Who Just Lost Their Healthcare

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If you, or your child are covered under the CHIP for healthcare, for the first time in the program’s history, Congress missed the deadline to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Chip was created in 1997, during the Clinton administration, and provided coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes.  It also covers pregnant women and was instrumental in lowering the number of kids who were uninsured.

Congress recently allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire, affecting approximately 9 million children.  If Congress does not restore this funding soon, we will see children across the country become unable to visit their doctor for routine checkups, immunizations and other services.

CHIP services include: Checkups, Immunizations, Doctors visits, Prescriptions, Dental Care, Vision Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Hospital Care, Lab/X-ray services, and Emergency visits.

Families have been able to save money, which varies from state to state, but most families did not have to pay more than 5% of the family’s income per year for CHIP services. Routine doctor and dentist vists are free under this program.  Working families are increasingly relying on CHIP services due to the increased costs of healthcare.

Researchers are predicting that three states and Washington, DC will run out of CHIP money by the end of December.  Also, they believe that the majority of states will run out of funds by March 2018.

In a series of tweets, Hillary Clinton urged congress to renew the CHIP program.  Clinton was the first lady when this program was established and championed the passing of CHIP through congress.

What should we do now?  Call congress to reestablish CHIP.  202-224-3121

 

source: The Hill

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