Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Ask MoCs to Re-authorize CHIP

Congress Needs to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act. 

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in. 

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Check the map below to see when your state runs out of CHIP funding, and call your Member of Congress to tell them to reauthorize CHIP ASAP.

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from Colorado's Third Congressional District. I’m calling to ask that the Gardner/Bennet/Tipton to support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. 

Staffer: Thanks for calling. Gardner/Bennet/Tipton is strongly supportive of CHIP. 

CALL SENATOR CORY GARDNER
Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Caller: If Gardner/Tipton were really strongly supportive of CHIP, he/she would have insisted that leadership schedule a vote on reauthorization ASAP. Our state runs out of CHIP funding in [check the map above]. What is Gardner/Tipton doing to make sure CHIP gets reauthorized ASAP? 

Staffer: I’m not sure, but he/she is strongly supportive. I can pass on your thoughts. 

Caller: Yes please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Gardner/Tipton does to make sure CHIP is reauthorized. 

CALL SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET
Denver Metro Office: 303-455-7600 or Toll Free: 866-455-9866
Arkansas Valley Office: 719-542-7550
San Luis Valley Office: 719-587-0096
Pikes Peak Office: 719-328-1100
Northern Colorado - Eastern Plains Office: 970-224-2200
Northwest/I-70W Office: 970-241-6631
Four Corners Office: 970-259-1710
Washington, D.C. Office: 202-224-5852

Caller: Thank you. Our state runs out of funding [check the map above] so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate Bennet’s support. 

Staffer: Thanks. I can pass your thoughts on to Bennet.

Caller: Thank you very much and thank you for your support.