Healthcare

Republicans just took healthcare away from millions of kids

The Children's Health Insurance Program expired on September 30.

After several failed attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act, Congressional Republicans quietly let an essential health insurance program die on Saturday.

The Children's Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as CHIP, provides health care coverage for eligible children through Medicaid and/or separate CHIP programs, and in its 20 years of existence has slashed the childhood uninsured rate from 14% to 5% nationally. "In particular, children in rural areas depend on public insurance: 47 percent are on Medicaid or CHIP, compared to 38 percent of children in urban areas," according to the Senate Joint Economic Committee Democrats.

Republicans chose not to renew the funding before the deadline, and if nothing changes within the next six months over 30 states will run out of contingency funds for CHIP, leaving millions of children without health insurance.

"Failing to reauthorize CHIP funding shifts a huge financial burden onto states, forcing states to make tough choices between denying coverage and cutting other budget priorities. States have already enacted their budgets for next year, and at least 35 states lack contingency funds if funding does not continue at current levels," the Senate Joint Economic Committee Democrats wrote.

And while the GOP thought nobody would notice, people did and were understandably outraged:

You can urge your Representative and Senators to renew CHIP funding by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or by texting RESIST to 50409 to use ResistBot.