Just before break, a letter went to our legislators urging them to continue their work on CHIP. Temporary funding approval to go home for the holidays didn’t finish the job. SJK was one of the first in Colorado to sign on to this letter and we were eager to do so.
You’ll find the letter here. Or you can download a copy here – Final CHIP Letter – December 21st
The letter is less than one page long with 15 more pages of organizations. However, we urge you to sign the petition as an individual here.
On December 21, 2017, the Joint Budget Committee approved Governor John Hickenlooper’s request for one-time, short-term funding to extend funding of CHP+ through February 28, 2018.
Don’t take health care from 8.9 million children. Extend CHIP now!
CHIP funding expired almost three months ago on September 30, 2017, and families across the country are receiving disenrollment notices. No family should feel the fear and worry of whether or not their child will have health care coverage. It’s critical that Congress pass an immediate CHIP funding extension for the 8.9 million children dependent upon this bipartisan success. Congress last extended CHIP as part of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), legislation that passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. The most recent stop-gap measure passed in Congress to fund some states through December or January, is not enough. Millions of families across America have been left dangling about their children’s health care as we enter the holiday season.
There is no excuse for additional delays on extending this critical and wildly successful program for children, and to do so is harmful. No family should go through the holiday season worrying about how to pay for their child’s health care.
Children and their families are counting on Congress to extend CHIP funding now — without any further delay or excuses. Read our letter to Congress, signed by more than 1,000 organizations.