Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), is swiftly running out. If the grants that back the 20-year-old program aren't renewed by the end of the calendar year, millions of children could lose health insurance. Some Republicans have indicated that they don't plan to vote on funding the program until January, but you can help fight for CHIP funding to let them know that you don't think postponing funding for 9 million children's health care is the right choice.
CHIP provides health insurance for children whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but who are also not offered health insurance through their employer. Between 1997 and 2012, CHIP slashed the number of uninsured children in the United States by half.
Historically, the program has enjoyed support from both Republicans and Democrats. This year, that changed. When the deadline to renew the program arrived on Sept. 30, legislators declined to meet the deadline. As a result, CHIP, which largely — and sometimes entirely — depends on federal grants issued to state governments, is rapidly running out of funds.
But, as it goes, it is not over until it's over. There are several last-minute steps you can take to get involved and tell Congress that you believe CHIP should be renewed as soon as possible.