Your action is needed to save health care for thousands of Colorado kids

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 15, 2017

Time is running out.

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

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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.