While the Senate is trying to solve issues in the individual insurance market, families and states worry about the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program needs to be reauthorized before the federal fiscal year ends on September 30. States have largely assumed a continuation of CHIP funding in their 2018 budgets.
Congress is considering how long to authorize the program and whether states should cover a greater share of the cost. Health advocates want a five-year extension and ongoing enhanced federal match – and the Senate Finance Committee announced a deal for a five-year extension this week with a gradual reduction of the federal match rate. Reauthorization needs to happen before 47,000 Washington children and nearly 9 million children nationally lose coverage.
Community health centers are also facing a funding cliff that Congress needs to address in the coming weeks to maintain services at their current levels. Lots of work to do, the clock is ticking!
Call your representatives and ask them to support a five-year reauthorization of CHIP at the current matching rate.
Representative Suzan DelBene (1st) – (202) 225-6311
Representative Rick Larsen (2nd) – (202) 225-2605
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (3rd) – (202 225-3536
Representative Dan Newhouse (4th) – (202) 225-5816
Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (5th) – (202) 225-2006
Representative Derek Kilmer (6th) – (202) 225-5916
Representative Pramila Jayapal (7th) – (202) 225-3106
Representative Dave Reichert (8th) – (202) 225-7761
Representative Adam Smith (9th) – (202) 225-8901
Representative Denny Heck (10th) – (202) 225-9740
Senator Patty Murray – (202) 224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell – (202) 224-3441