Take Action for Health Care Afterschool Programs & CHIP

Bad News: Tell your Senator this week what you think about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. This bill would: (from CREDO). 

  • End employer-provided health coverage for many Americans.
  • Eliminate subsidies that help middle- and low-income people purchase health plans.
  • Dramatically cut funding to support states’ Medicaid costs and allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries, an attack that could leave millions of people with disabilities and low-income families without health coverage.
  • Give states the power to remove more expensive health services like maternity care from the list of essential benefits that insurance providers are required to cover.
  • Allow insurance providers to charge more and reduce the quality of care for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Increase health care premiums for seniors.

Good News: The Afterschool Alliance reports that the House of Representatives has restored funding for many afterschool programs. Municipalities, schools, the YMCA, YWCA, Girl’s Inc. Boys and Girls clubs and more offer afterschool programs. These programs may provide sports, and/or help with homework, tutoring, mentoring, meals, snacks and more.  It’s time to contact your Senator and ask him/her to fund afterschool programs for our nation’s children!
Please remember CHIP – This is a health care program for about 10 million children who have no health care. This week or next week, you may contact your congresswomen/men and ask to extend CHIP for five more years.

Your time is most welcome in considering and taking action in support of these programs. Find your Senators’ contact information here.

Posted: September 20, 2017 in: Child Health Care, Child Poverty

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