ALERT: Take action to support CHIP

Written by: Erin Miller
Date Posted: September 15, 2017

In case you missed it, we issued an alert yesterday to take action on CHIP. Please reach out to our Senators and your U.S. Representative today!

With just a few legislative days left in September, Congress has not ensured funding for the vital and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will continue. Today, CHIP serves 8.9 million kids nationally. In Colorado, about 90,000 kids and pregnant women use the program to access quality, affordable health care.

As a leader of the 2017 Colorado CHIP Coalition, we released a statement sharing our excitement about Senate leaders and our Colorado Senate delegation taking the first bipartisan steps to continue funding for CHIP, but that proposal isn’t over all the hurdles. We need Congress to cross the finish line by Sept. 30. If Congress fails to act, Colorado children and pregnant women will begin losing their health insurance shortly after the first of the year.

We need your action now. Call your U.S. Senators and Representatives using the contact information below. Let them know you support continued funding for CHIP because Colorado values its working families and every child’s health. For ideas on what to say, suggested talking points are below.

The clock is ticking.

Talking point to show your support for Senators Bennet and Gardner lauding the bipartisan Senate agreement:

  • Thank you for your support of the bipartisan Senate agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Additional talking points for you to use when contacting our Senators and your Representative:

  • We’re excited that Senate leaders have announced a bipartisan proposal to keep CHIP funded. We need Congress to cross the finish line by Sept. 30.
  • Extending funding for five years will help ensure stable coverage for working families and greater budget certainty for states.
  • Maintaining funding for the CHIP program is crucial to protecting Colorado’s budget.
  • 90,000 children and pregnant women from working families in Colorado use CHIP for their health insurance every year.
  • Children with chronic conditions deserve certainty in their medical coverage. And pregnant women should not be forced to scramble for a new doctor mid-pregnancy. Ending a successful program, with little warning, denies children the healthy start they need.
  • Kids with health coverage are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to graduate from college, and have higher incomes as adults.

Contact Information for Colorado’s U. S. Senators

Senator Michael Bennett

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

Senator Cory Gardner

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

Contact Information for Colorado’s U.S. Representatives

Representative Coffman

Call if you live in Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Brighton

Local office (720) 748-7514 National office (202) 225-7882

Representative Tipton

Call if you live in Grand Junction, Durango, Pueblo, Gunnison

Local office (970) 259-1490 National office (202) 225-4761

Representative Buck

Call if you live in Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, Brush, Burlington, Fort Morgan, Stratton, Julesburg, Holyoke

Local office (970) 702-2136 National office (202) 225-4676

Representative Lamborn

Call if you live in Salida, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Canyon City, Woodland Park

Local office (719) 520-0055 National office (202) 225-4422

Representative Polis

Call if you live in Lafayette, Niwot, Boulder, Fort Collins, Lyons, Loveland, Granby, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling

Local office (303) 484-9596 National office (202) 225-2161

Representative Perlmutter

Call if you live in Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn

Local office (303)274-7944 National office (202) 225-2645

Representative DeGette

Call if you live in Denver

Local (303) 844-4988 (202) 225-4431

Thank you!

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.