August Recess Toolkit: Sharing Success Stories and Spotlight on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

August recess provides an opportunity to share success stories from the first open enrollment period and educate members of Congress about the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and ensuring its continued funding, and to raise the profile of the program more broadly. You can do this through several key activities:

During the recess, we encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to meet with your policymakers in person, to attend town hall meetings, and to write op-eds to raise awareness about these issues. If you need assistance reaching out to members of your delegation, please let us know.

Share Success Stories and Takeaways from Outreach and Enrollment

Spotlight on The Children’s Health Insurance Program

CHIP plays a crucial role alongside Medicaid and the ACA in providing eight million children and pregnant women with affordable, high-quality health coverage. CHIP funding is set to expire in 2015, and unless Congress acts, it will not be renewed.

Diving Deeper on CHIP

Policymakers and advocates alike may need a refresher course on CHIP. Below are some additional resources and fact sheets to deepen your knowledge about the program:

Check out our two-pager on quality improvement programs put in place by the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009, these blog posts on CHIP financing from Georgetown Center for Children and Families, this fact sheet from March of Dimes on CHIP coverage for pregnant women, or this AAP policy statement for a history of CHIP.

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