Call Congress and tell them to save kids’ health care!

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 22, 2017

chipAs Congress continues its long debate on the Affordable Care Act, there is one thing they could and should do right now to ensure health coverage for kids and pregnant women. We’ve heard a lot about a bipartisan bill to save the popular and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has allowed 8.9 million kids nationally to access quality affordable health care. We have even seen draft legislation. But words on paper don’t fund a program. Action by lawmakers funds programs. And we need that action by Sept. 30 to avoid catastrophic coverage losses.

In Colorado, about 90,000 kids and pregnant women use CHIP to access quality, affordable health care. I urge you to take a few minutes and call your U.S. Senators and Representatives to register your stand for kids and pregnant women. Tell them to stop wasting time on partisan efforts to repeal health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and to instead focus on the bipartisan Senate plan to extend CHIP. Your call can make a difference today.

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

  • Congress should stop wasting efforts on partisan efforts to repeal health insurance for millions of Americans like the proposal from Senators Cassidy and Graham and instead focus on the bipartisan Senate plan to extend CHIP.
  • Cassidy-Graham is derailing efforts to secure the future of the CHIP program, which is critical for Colorado kids.
  • We need Congress to cross the finish line by Sept. 30.
  • Extending funding for CHIP 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

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.