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Keep Kids Covered - Pass SCHIP Now!

SCHIP is Set to Expire on Sept. 30th!

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Children in your state will be negatively impacted unless Congress reauthorizes SCHIP this year.

With SCHIP set to expire on Sept 30, Congress has yet to ensure that millions of low income children will maintain their coverage under SCHIP (the State Children's Health Insurance Program).

Congress must act this year to continue coverage for the 6 million children currently enrolled, and to provide access to millions more who are currently eligible but not enrolled. With the July 4th and summer recess ahead, there is a small window for Congress to act on this issue before it's overshadowed by other large national issues. The time to act is now!

Contact your Members of Congress right away and tell them to reauthorize SCHIP this year!


Call your Senator and Representative today and ask them to reauthorize SCHIP this year!

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard to get in touch with your Members of Congress.
U.S. Capitol Switchboard 202/225-3121

Follow-up your phone call with an e-mail. Visit the link below to e-mail them directly, and to see talking points and a sample letter.

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  • Reauthorize SCHIP in a timely manner so that [INSERT # OF CHILDREN FROM YOUR STATE ENROLLED IN SCHIP] children in my state will maintain coverage.

  • Deliver on Congress’s pledge of $50 billion in new funding so that more children can be enrolled in SCHIP.



Enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, SCHIP broadens coverage for low-income children. The program helps states provide health insurance to children in working families who do not have employer provided coverage, or who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Over the past decade, SCHIP has played a valuable role in ensuring access to health care for low-income children. Amidst a backdrop of rising health care costs, significant declines in employer-based coverage, and an increase in the number of uninsured Americans, SCHIP has served as Medicaid’s essential companion, covering millions of children who otherwise would not have access to affordable health care. Together, SCHIP and Medicaid have effectively reduced the uninsured rate of low-income children by one-third.

SCHIP is a matched block grant program which has allocated $40 billion in federal funds over 10 years. The program is due to expire September 30, 2007, necessitating reauthorization this year by Congress. Recent estimates by the Congressional Research Service predict that if the current allotment level and formula continue into the future, in just a few years, most states will face chronic shortfalls of federal SCHIP funds, potentially imperiling the health coverage of 1.9 million children. It is vital that legislation reauthorizing the program include federal funding to ensure not only that current SCHIP coverage can continue, but also that future efforts can expand, allowing states to move forward and cover more children.

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