Campaign Toolkit: CHIP Letter to Governors

Dear Partners,

Unless Congress acts, federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will end in 2015. Approximately eight million children nationwide are covered through CHIP—either as part of a Medicaid program or in a separate program. Many children would otherwise be uninsured because of the “family glitch,” in which a family cannot afford employer-sponsored insurance for dependents and is excluded from subsidies to purchase a Marketplace plan under the Affordable Care Act. 

As part of the research process in advance of this deadline, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Finance Committee issued a letter to all governors asking for feedback about CHIP. In particular, the letter asks for information on the following topics:

  • The size and characteristics of the population served by CHIP in each state
  • How Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation has affected CHIP
  • How CHIP differs in benefits and cost-sharing from Marketplace plans offered in each state
  • Recommendations about the extension of CHIP funding
  • The size and sufficiency of each state’s CHIP allotment from the federal government
  • Federal policies that could help states enroll more eligible children in Medicaid and improve their health outcomes

This is a unique opportunity for governors to provide direct input on the future of CHIP. It is also a critical moment for advocates to activate their coalitions, elevate education efforts, and impress upon their governors the importance of submitting feedback about CHIP to Congress.

Community Catalyst has developed a toolkit to assist advocates in this effort. We have included resources to help educate your governor, including CHIP basics, infographics illustrating the timeline of CHIP and pathways leading to the family glitch, and relevant sources for finding state-specific data on the benefits of CHIP. Finally, we have included sample social media content you can use to amplify your message and enable grassroots supporters to get involved.

Follow the links below to access toolkit materials:

Please reach out to Eva Marie Stahl, Project Director of the Community Catalyst Alliance for Children’s Health, at emstahl@communitycatalyst.org or at 617-275-2871 with any comments, suggestions or questions.

Thank you for your continued advocacy.

Community Catalyst Children’s Health Team

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