Please call TOMORROW (WED.) to Urge Re-authorization of CHIP

October 3, 2017

 

Dear Georgia Colleagues:

Below is information from the AAP on our latest battle in Washington—the battle to save the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.  In Georgia the CHIP program is PeachCare, which provides coverage to children whose family incomes are too high to be eligible for Medicaid, but otherwise lack health insurance. In Georgia, it covers over 230,000 children. We’re asking you to please call your representatives listed below tomorrow and/or next Wednesday and urge them to support the re-authorization of CHIP, a program which has served the children and families of Georgia very well. Note that we are thanking Senator Isakson for signing on to the Senate bill.

Ben Spitalnick, MD                              Melinda Willingham, MD

President                                             Chair, Legislative Committee

Member of Congress                          Message

Senator Johnny Isakson                       Thank him for his support of Senate Bill 1827, the “KIDS Act of 2017”

DC: 202-224-3642                                which reauthorizes CHIP funding. He’s 1 of only 2 Republican

Atlanta: 770-661-0999                          Senators to have done so.

Sen. David Perdue                               Ask him to support SB 1827, which his colleague Sen. Isakson has

DC: 202-224-3521                                signed onto.

Atlanta: 404-865-0087

Rep. Barry Loudermilk                        He is on a key committee considering CHIP re-authorization. Ask him to

DC: 202-225-2931                               support efforts for CHIP funding so we can maintain coverage for the

Cartersville:  770-429-1776                 230,000 children in GA who rely on CHIP via our Peachcare program.

To find out the phone numbers & emails of other Georgia Congressmen, click here.

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Message from the AAP:

As we celebrate the meaningful victory of defeating Graham-Cassidy and avoiding, at least for now, the massive Medicaid cuts it included, we turn immediately to the next threat to child health: Congress’ failure to extend CHIP funding before they departed Washington this week.  Congress failed to act before last Saturday’s Sept. 30 deadline; however there is still time for CHIP to be saved if they act soon.

AAP joined with leading medical organizations earlier this week to urge senators to extend CHIP funding and pursue other bipartisan solutions to protect their patients’ access to health care services, and just today, issued this joint statement with the children’s health and advocacy community urging Congress to immediately pass a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate, the KIDS Act of 2017, to extend CHIP funding for five years.

We are working closely with the Hill on the funding extension, and as part of this effort to convey urgency to our elected officials, we have updated our CHIP advocacy toolkit (attached and online here) for you to share with your respective chapters. We are urging all AAP members and partner organizations to engage in two days of action to protect CHIP:  Wednesday, October 4th, which coincides with a hearing in the House, and Thursday, October 12th. While we are certainly not recommending you hold back in reaching out to your legislators before then, we are hopeful that by coordinating concentrated days of action for grassroots mobilizing and social media engagement, we will draw more attention to our efforts and escalate the urgency to Congress more effectively, much like we did during the ACA repeal efforts this summer.

Your expertise and leadership is instrumental in these efforts. Several of you have written op-eds and given interviews about the need to renew CHIP funding and we are so grateful for the example you set. We will keep you apprised of any new developments and in the meantime appreciate all of your efforts to protect children’s coverage.

Mark Del Monte, JD

Senior Vice President, Advocacy & External Affairs

American Academy of Pediatrics