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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

12/4/2006

Contact Congress to Fully Fund SCHIP

Contact Congress to Fully Fund the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

We urge you to contact your Members of Congress today and urge them to fully fund SCHIP!

Click Here to Take Action!

Unless the shortfall is addressed immediately, health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of children will be at risk in 2007. Congress is expected to consider health care legislation this week, possibly including SCHIP. It is essential that you contact your Members of Congress within the next few days and urge them to fully fund SCHIP before adjourning this year.

CLICK HERE to contact your members of Congress today!

ACTION REQUIRED

Contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator during the next few days.

*FAX your Members of Congress directly through our website
or
*Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121, or call your local congressional office phone number.

*Once you make your contact, please send this Legislative Alert to others you know who care about children and families, and urge them to take similar action.

MESSAGE

* Tell Members of Congress they must fully fund the SCHIP shortfall before adjourning this year. Up to 600,000 children could lose their health coverage if Congress fails to act.

For more TALKING POINTS and information, CLICK HERE.

BACKGROUND

Senators and Representatives reconvene in Washington on Monday, December 4, 2006, for a short lame-duck session before adjourning and ending the 109th Session of Congress. The main business will be finishing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007. It is expected they will extend the current Continuing Resolution, or short-term spending bill, into next year. In addition, a few other legislative items could still be addressed, including the important issue of funding shortfalls in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Unless the shortfall is addressed immediately, health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of children is at risk. It is essential that you contact your Members of Congress and urge them to fully fund SCHIP before adjourning this year. An estimated $800 to $950 million will be needed to make up the funding shortfalls predicted to occur in 17 to 18 states. We urge everyone to contact their Senators and Representative. It is particularly important to contact them if you live or work in one of the impacted states. The states projected to have insufficient federal funding to sustain their current SCHIP programs include: Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and possibly, Wisconsin.

CLICK HERE for more background information on this issues or to TAKE ACTION!

Thank you for your continued advocacy. For more information, please contact Laura Schiebelhut, CWLA Government Affairs Associate, at 202-942-0327.

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