Action Now Needed on CHIP!

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.

Ohio's Appalachian Children

CDF-Ohio began our investigation into Appalachian Ohio with our 2001 report—Ohio’s Appalachian Children—which provided a first-ever comprehensive look into the well-being of the region’s children. The region continues to suffer many of the same challenges today—poverty, health disparities, and pervasive food insecurity to name a few—that existed in 2001. While there are signs of hope, the passage of time has made many of the problems more acute.

It is a critical time for Appalachian Ohio. CDF-Ohio has a long commitment to this region. We present this report—Ohio’s Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action—to bring awareness to the region’s current challenges and, more importantly, to promising practices and recommendations for action.

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Child poverty is not an abstract problem, it's real for too many children in America. They face challenges no children in the richest nation on earth should have to face. Listen and share their stories.

Together we will #EndChildPoverty. Here's how.

"Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival If Stopped by the Police” provides critical information to help Black parents and every member of the community help stop the killing of Black children. We must talk to our children. We must show them this video. We must post these ten rules for survival everywhere.

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