2017-10-12 / Letters to the Editor

CHIP funding: ‘Tell Congress to fix this’

Two weekends ago, while we were sleeping, nine million American children lost their health insurance.

While we were sleeping, our Congress quietly allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding to run out. I am heartsick at the callousness of such a decision.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program was signed into law in 1997 and provides federal matching funds to states to provide health coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who can’t afford private coverage. All states have expanded children’s coverage significantly through their CHIPs, with nearly every state providing coverage for children up to at least 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

This has been a successful program through which over 2 million of Michigan’s children receive their basic health care. Why would our elected representatives do that? It seems to be against the basic needs of their people. I called and emailed Rep. Moolenaar on this issue and highly encourage all to do the same! So far the only response has been “Thank you for your interest.”

Sorry, but that is not good enough for our kids. Tell Congress to fix this. Fast.

Susan Horvat

Roscommon

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