This is not who we are. Join us to #SaveCHIP

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: January 12, 2018

IT has been 100 days since CHIP expired.More than 100 days have passed since funding ran out for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has allowed 8.9 million kids and pregnant women nationally to access quality affordable health care. Congress’s momentary failure has turned into a moral outrage.

What’s more, a revised Congressional Budget Office analysis now projects that extending the CHIP program for five years would cost only $800 million, and extending the program for 10 years would actually save $6 billion. These savings are because of recent federal regulatory and legislative changes to health insurance policy, including the elimination of the individual mandate requirement to have health insurance if an affordable option is available to you, that were included in the Republican-backed tax bill that passed Congress late last year.

In Colorado, 90,000 working families use the program to cover their kids at some point during the year. These families make too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford coverage on the private market or through their employer plans. Colorado families, and many families across our nation, have been warned that their health insurance might soon end.

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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.