Pledging
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  • CHEMICALS
  • CHILDHOOD CANCER
  • CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE
Winning Issue » CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE


Children’s health care needs are much different than those of adults. They experience complex and continuing changes from birth to adulthood. Studies have shown many costly adult disorders have their origins in childhood. For these reasons, access to appropriate healthcare services is essential for all children. The 1997 Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program that provides matching funds to states for health insurance for low-income families with children. CHIP was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid and CHIP cover doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, visits to community health centers and prescription drugs. They also provide a variety of services such as long-term services for those with disabilities as well as support for those with developmental conditions such as autism. However, many CHIP families are continuously disenrolled and reenrolled in this program due to either bureaucratic and paperwork problems or small and often temporary changes in income. Studies have found that a typical adult on this Medicaid program is covered for only about 8½ months of the year, while the typical child is covered for fewer than 10 months a year.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.919 - CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current children’s healthcare policy and wish to defeat H.R.919 - CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to change from discretionary to mandatory the authority of state Medicaid plans to provide for 12-month continuous coverage of children; specifies situations wherein a state Medicaid plan's failure to meet this requirement shall not be regarded as a failure to comply with Medicaid requirements generally, and wish to pass H.R.919 - CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Gene Green (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support amending title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to change from discretionary to mandatory the authority of state Medicaid plans to provide for 12-month continuous coverage of children; specifies situations wherein a state Medicaid plan's failure to meet this requirement shall not be regarded as a failure to comply with Medicaid requirements generally, and wish to pass H.R.919 - CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Gene Green (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 13, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
February 26, 2020
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February 20, 2020


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