Don’t Put Kids’ Health Care at Risk!

Today 47 million people in the United States have no health insurance, the highest number since the passage of Medicaid/Medicare in the 1960’s.   Approximately 9 million of the uninsured are children under age 18.  In 1997, Congress passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover children with working parents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but whose families either were not offered job-based health insurance or could not afford to buy the insurance that was offered.  The SCHIP program gave states a total of $40 billion over 10 years to provide health coverage for these children, who lived in families that earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

SCHIP is set to expire on September 30, 2007 unless Congress and the President act now.  Both the House and Senate passed different versions of SCHIP legislation before the August recess.  Now we must put pressure on Congress to ensure that the Bill comes out of conference committee, where the Senate and House compromise on a final version of a Bill, and put a piece of legislation in front of President Bush.

SCHIP is a critical investment in the long-term well-being of our country’s most important resource, our children.  SCHIP provides access to routine check-ups and preventative care than saves money in the long run by keeping children healthy and detecting problems early.  SCHIP provides affordable coverage to millions of working families who otherwise would be able to provide their children with access to basic health care.

Tell Congress not to let this popular and effective program expire.

Sign this petition

Sign this petition :

We need to fix our broken healthcare system and ensure quality, affordable healthcare for every man, woman and child in America. Let’s start with our children.

There are 9 million uninsured children in America. They have no access to regular checkups, their parents struggle to afford doctors’ visits when they are sick, and they often go without care.

I urge you to support full funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), to provide coverage to millions of uninsured children and bring America closer to quality, affordable healthcare for all.

Sign this petition

What’s At Stake:

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was enacted by Congress in 1997 to increase health insurance coverage for low-income children. At the time, more than 10 million children lacked health insurance.

About 7 million of them lived in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty level (today, that would be $33,200 for a family of three). Although 75 percent of those uninsured children lived in a family with at least one parent who worked full-time, and 90 percent had a parent who worked either full or part-time, their families either were not offered job-based health insurance or could not afford to buy the insurance that was offered.

The SCHIP program gave states a total of $40 billion over 10 years to provide health coverage for these children, who lived in families that earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

Children’s Health Coverage at Risk

The SCHIP program will expire on September 30th, 2007 unless it is reauthorized by Congress. Reauthorization provides an opportunity to review how SCHIP works, examine what has been learned about children’s health coverage in the last 10 years, and discuss what Congress must do to continue the progress made in reducing the number of uninsured children.

Why is it important to reauthorize and expand coverage for kids through SCHIP?SCHIP is a critical investment in the long-term well-being of our country’s most important resource, our children.  SCHIP provides access to routine check-ups and preventative care than saves money in the long run by keeping children healthy and detecting problems early.  SCHIP provides affordable coverage to millions of working families who otherwise would be able to provide their children with access to basic health care.

Children who have no access to health care cannot achieve their potential scholastically, physically, or psychologically.  It should be a top priority for all of our elected leaders to support an SCHIP plan that covers the maximum number of children and that offers children in America the greatest opportunity to succeed in life.

Health care for families is the number one domestic issue in the country today.  Congress and President Bush have a chance to show their commitment to this issue by reauthorizing SCHIP and expanding coverage for kids to make sure that no children fall through the cracks and into the ranks of the uninsured.  Health Coverage for more kids through SCHIP is the first step toward building a future where everyone in our country has guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care. 
Campaign Expiration Date:
December 31, 2007

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