A vital investment in children’s health could be on the chopping block if Congress doesn’t act fast. That’s why 1,200 organizations joined us in calling on Congress to act now to fund CHIP. See the list of signers here.
Right now, millions of children get their health care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but if Congress fails to act soon, federal CHIP funding will end.
And because CHIP is a state-federal partnership, state budget officials must make decisions about the future of their states’ CHIP coverage well in advance of the federal deadline.
For nearly two decades, CHIP has been an essential source of coverage for families, ensuring access to health care for children in working families whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to purchase private health insurance. The program has played a critical role in reducing the number of uninsured children by more than 50 percent while improving health outcomes and access to care for children and pregnant women across the nation.
- Join the First Focus network to receive CHIP updates and alerts on how you can help protect children’s health
- Letter to Congress from First Focus and 1,200 leading national, state, and tribal organizations
- The Basics of the Children’s Health Insurance Program: What Every Staffer Needs to Know about CHIP
- Comparing Affordability and Benefits Between CHIP and Qualified Health Plans in 35 States: Which Coverage is Best for Kids?