The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has reduced the uninsured rate among kids to 5% from 14% over the two decades of its existence. CHIP was a compromise that arose from Bill Clinton’s failed attempt to get a healthcare program through Congress. Conservatives have been loathe to make it permanent, but there has been a bipartisan effort to extend it over the years. Obama last extended the program in 2015. Actually, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore) had an extension ready to roll, but Graham-Cassidy blew it up. And CHIP expired on September 30. This means a lot to the 9 million kids, infants and pregnant women who are insured through CHIP will not have access to healthcare very soon. That’s a lot of cases of asthma and cavities not to mention more serious conditions. Over 2 million of those kids are from California.
According to Medicaid officials, who manage CHIP from the federal end, California, Arizona, Minnesota and North Carolina will run out of CHIP funding by December or early in January. Half the states won’t make it beyond the first three months of 2018. Some will run out of money next week. From L.A. Times 10/1/17.
Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris are tweeting up a storrn over this. But, where is Congressman Steve Knight? We need to call each of our representatives.
Call Congressman Knight and say something like:
9 million kids will lose big if CHIP is not renewed, and over 2 million of them are from California. What is the Congressman doing to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program?
CONGRESSMAN KNIGHT’S OFFICES
Call our Senators and say:
Please keep working on getting the Children’s Health Insurance Program passed, and let’s push for a 5 year extension this time.
Senator Kamala Harris