Children Aren't Bargaining Chips

Last week, Congress allowed the bipartisan CHIP program to expire.  For 20 years, CHIP has given health care to children in need. This and other essential public health programs, such as funding for community health centers, must be extended immediately. 

Rather than proposing a clean bill to reauthorize these programs and get services to children in need as quickly as possible, House Republicans have proposed two bills – the Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3921) and the Champion Act (H.R. 3922) – which would cut funds from Medicaid and from the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund in order to pay for them. Stealing from those in need to pay for others is not acceptable – nor is using the lives of millions of children as a bargaining chip.

Action: Demand a Clean Reauthorization of CHIP

The Senate is on recess this week and, unlike the House, has already proposed a clean CHIP reauthorization that has bipartisan support. So this week, call your house reps and tell them to catch up!

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Rep. Adam Smith: 425-793-5180
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 206-674-0040

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP].  I am appalled that the CHIP program was allowed to lapse, and am now saddened to see that Republicans wish to cut Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund in order to reauthorize it and extend other essential public health programs. Please vote against the Healthy Kids Act and the Champion Act, and demand that congress reauthorize CHIP and extend other essential services without playing political games.”

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Protest Betsy Devos

This Friday, October 13, Betsy Devos will be at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue from 5-7 pm to speak at a benefit. Join the counter-rally to let her know that education is not for sale!