ACTION ALERT: Urge the Senate to save kids’ healthcare now!

Written by: Erin Miller
Date Posted: November 17, 2017

If Congress doesn’t act by tomorrow to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), our health coverage gains for Colorado kids will be in serious jeopardy.

Our state Medicaid department, which administers CHIP, has made it clear that it will start notifying families who use this successful insurance program that their coverage will likely end soon because Congress has failed to fund it. Take action now—click here to call your senators.

In Colorado, about 90,000 kids and pregnant women access quality, affordable health care through CHIP. The Senate has a bipartisan solution to keep the funding going, but partisan infighting has stalled progress. For Colorado families, that means that if the Senate doesn’t act by Nov. 18, before taking a week-long Thanksgiving break, Colorado families will get letters in the mail telling them they may have to make horrible choices about their child’s health. That’s a letter none of us should ever get, much less during the holiday season.

Please take a few minutes to call your U.S. Senators today, and make your stand for kids and pregnant women. Tell them you believe the bipartisan solution of a strong, 5-year extension of CHIP is the right thing to do for Colorado families and for our country, and that they must act now. Time is running out, and your call can make a difference today.

Contact Information for Colorado’s U. S. Senators

Senator Michael Bennet

Local office (303) 455-7600 National office (202) 224-5852

Senator Cory Gardner

Local office (303) 391-5777 National office (202) 224-5941

Erin Miller

About Erin Miller

Erin serves as the Vice President of Health Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, leading efforts to improve health insurance coverage and quality for Colorado’s kids, improve access to health services, and ensure that every child has healthy places to live, learn, and play. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign in September 2015, Erin worked on the Accountable Care Collaborative team at the Colorado Department of Health Policy and Financing. She has extensive experience evaluating federal, state, and local policies related to Medicaid, CHIP, the Affordable Care Act, and public health programs as well as working with legislators, policymakers, constituents, and other stakeholders to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Her professional experiences range from serving as a WIC Educator and Local Area Retail Coordinator for Denver Health to serving as a Special Assistant in the HHS Office of Planning and Evaluation in Washington DC and as a Health Policy Adviser and Budget Analyst for the U.S. House Budget Committee.