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Thanks to all of your calls and resistance over many months, we once again stopped Senate Republicans from advancing a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. It is time now for Congress to pivot back to passing a long-term funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as current funding for the program ended on September 30. The Senate and House of Representatives must move swiftly now to pass the bipartisan Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act (S.1827), authored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), a strong five year CHIP funding extension bill. Until Congress takes action, there will be no new funds to ensure health coverage for almost nine million children nationally and more than 223,000 children in Ohio, so there is great urgency to see funding continued immediately so Ohio can avoid sending termination notices to families or freezing enrollment. Please call (877) 233-9025 TODAY and urge Senator Portman to help get a strong, five-year CHIP extension over the finish line NOW.
For more information about how CHIP impacts Ohio children, please read the letter Children's Defense Fund-Ohio sent to Congress on October 3, 2017.
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