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First Focus Campaign for Children released its 2017 Champions Scorecard. In an attempt to recognize the lawmakers in the First Session of the 115th Congress who are actively working and trying to improve the lives of our nation’s children through public policy change, to improve the lives of our nation’s children through the policy process, we are pleased to present awards to 120 legislators who have made children a priority.
The 2017 Champions for Children Scorecard includes key votes on health-related bills and amendments to tax legislation, including two House votes on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, two Senate votes on child tax credit amendments, and four votes between the two chambers on the Affordable Care Act. Learn more and view the report at www.championsforchildren2017.com.
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July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and Defenders of children, according to the 2017 Legislative Scorecard released by First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC), a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group.
“Even though child advocates had to defend a whole range of legislative and regulatory attacks on children, we identified 120 Members of Congress who chose to make children a priority. We commend their leadership and hope they will inspire their colleagues to do the same,” said Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children.
Of note is that, in the 115th Congress, women are 2.6 times more likely to be named a champion or defender of children than men.
The 2017 Champions for Children Scorecard includes key votes on health-related bills and amendments to tax legislation, including two House votes on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, two Senate votes on child tax credit amendments, and four votes between the two chambers on the Affordable Care Act.
For instance, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017 (P.L. 115-97) will increase the deficit by approximately $1.5 trillion, which the next generation will pay off well into the future. The deficit will also trigger cuts to numerous programs vital to children, including Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) offered an amendment to further expand the CTC by increasing its refundability (make it refundable against payroll taxes), which would have benefitted lower income families. Sadly, despite 68 senators voting for it, the amendment did not pass as senators failed to overcome opposition from Senate leadership and the Trump Administration.
In July 2017, the Senate voted down the “Health Care Freedom Act” (H.R. 1628), which would have resulted in an estimated 16 million Americans losing health coverage and a 20 percent increase in insurance premiums. The First Focus Campaign for Children strongly opposed the bill, and we thank all the members of the Senate who voted against it, including Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ).
Out of 90 bills that FFCC is tracking, The Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2017 (S.1630/H.R.3381), would mandate that the federal government create a plan to cut the number of children in poverty by half in ten years and to eliminate child poverty in twenty years. That legislation was sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), who accumulated the most points in the Senate and House for their votes and work on legislation for children.
This is First Focus Campaign for Children’s eighth annual class of Champions and Defenders for Children.
Champions for Children
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
- Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
- Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA)
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
- Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
- Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
- Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
- Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
- Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
- Rep. Lou Correa(D-CA)
- Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)
- Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
- Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)
- Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO)
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
- Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
- Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
- Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)
- Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
- Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
- Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)
- Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
- Rep. James McGovern (D-MA)
- Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
- Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)
- Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
- Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
- Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)
- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
- Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)
- Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)
Defenders of Children
- Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
- Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
- Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
- Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
- Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
- Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA)
- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
- Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)
- Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)
- Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
- Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
- Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
- Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA)
- Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)
- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
- Rep. André Carson (D-IN)
- Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
- Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)
- Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)
- Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
- Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)
- Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY)
- Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA)
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
- Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)
- Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
- Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
- Rep. John Katko (R-NY)
- Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)
- Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
- Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI)
- Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI)
- Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
- Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
- Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)
- Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)
- Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
- Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
- Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
- Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL)
- Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA)
- Rep. José Serrano (D-NY)
- Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)
- Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
- Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
- Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)
- Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)
- Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
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The First Focus Campaign for Children is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization affiliated with First Focus, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization. The Campaign for Children advocates directly for legislative change in Congress to ensure children and families are the priority in federal policy and budget decisions.
Our nation’s children face an array of problems, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, poor nutrition, education inequity, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and child mortality, and family separations in mixed-status households. These obstacles demand attention, policy solutions, political will, and action that to make children a priority.
Unfortunately, kids are far too often an afterthought in Congress. The problem is that children can’t vote and don’t have Political Action Committees (PACs) that garner and demand attention.
Children need Champions and Defenders, who are willing to focus on, support, raise their voices, and attach their name to legislation that would improve the lives of our nation’s children and actively oppose legislation that would harm kids.
In an attempt to recognize the lawmakers in the First Session of the 115th Congress who are actively working and trying to improve the lives of our nation’s children through public policy change, to improve the lives of our nation’s children through the policy process, we are pleased to present our Champions and Defenders for Children Scorecard.
See also the previous award recipients:
Over the last two decades, our country has made tremendous progress ensuring children and pregnant women have access to high quality, affordable health coverage. Thanks in large part to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the rate of uninsurance among children has dropped to a historic low of less than five percent. Children and pregnant women also receive health coverage through an array of other sources, including employer sponsored insurance, individual and small group commercial health insurance sold through the marketplaces, Medicaid, CHIP, and TRICARE. Despite historic progress in insuring children, close to 3.3 million children continue to lack the health coverage they need to survive and thrive.
As a nation, we must build on what is working for millions of children, pregnant women and their families by keeping Medicaid and CHIP strong and enrolling all eligible children, strengthening private coverage, and working toward a health care system that meets the needs of all children, pregnant women, and their families, regardless of their health or immigration status, family income, or zip code.
Any changes to our health care system must further improve coverage for children and pregnant women. The following document outlines a set of guiding principles for future health care policies, as agreed upon by a coalition of child health care advocacy organizations.
Letter: Please make the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) permanent or extend to 10 years or more
January 21, 2018
Dear Senate Leadership:
On behalf of First Focus, a non-partisan advocacy group in support of improving the lives of children through improved federal and state policy, I am writing to urge you to make the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) permanent or to, at the very least, extend the program for 10 years.
According to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) dated January 11, 2018, an extension of funding for CHIP for 10 years using the provisions in S. 1827, the “Keep Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017” (KIDS Act), “would decrease the deficit by $6.0 billion over the 2018-2027 period.” Based on the updated CB0/JCT score, a permanent extension would reduce the deficit by another $30 billion or more in the second decade.
A permanent or long-term extension would also eliminate the “CHIP cliff” that is included in the House Continuing Resolution (CR). That language in the House CR provides funding of $25.9 billion in 2023 but then drops funding in 2024 and beyond of just $5.7 billion, which creates an enormous funding hole that would significantly threaten the program’s future at the time of its reauthorization.
Consequently, we would urge you to seize this unique and critically important opportunity to protect and stabilize the health of millions of children while also cutting the federal deficit.
As of today, full funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired 113 days ago and the health coverage for nine million children has relied on a series of short-term patches from Congress to protect children from losing coverage. However, states are rapidly closing in on that moment where they are completely out of both federal and state CHIP dollars, which has forced some states to already send out disenrollment notices to families, spend time and money on planning for the possible closure of the program, and work on possible systems changes to move children either to Medicaid coverage or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges. This has been devastating to families concerned about the well-being of their children. The American people have always expressed strong support for CHIP. According to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 88 percent of American voters believe that Congress and President Trump should make an extension of funding for CHIP either a top or important priority. The American people recognize that CHIP has been a long-standing bipartisan success story, as it has led the way in cutting the uninsured rate of children by more than two-thirds since its inception in 1997.
Throughout its 20-year history, the United States Senate has led the way on creating and protecting CHIP. In 1997, under the bipartisan leadership of Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), John Chafee (R-RI), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), William Roth (R-DE), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Charles Grassley (R-IA), and Bob Graham (D-FL), the Senate established and funding CHIP as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
In 2007, the Senate led the way in pushing through an extension of CHIP when its reauthorization faced expiration due to CHIP being held up through an effort by the Bush Administration to attach an unrelated health care tax proposal to the program. In 2009, the House of Representatives had voted to repeal CHIP as part of the debate around the ACA, but the Senate Finance Committee restored the program through a bipartisan effort led by Senators Rockefeller and Hatch. And again in 2013, the House threatened the very existence of CHIP by voting to strip funding out of the ACA but inadvertently included a cut of $13.3 billion out of CHIP. The Senate rejected that legislation.
In short, time-and-time again, it has been up to the United States Senate to both create and protect CHIP from numerous threats to its future. Consequently, we urge the Senate to protect the health of 9 million children and pregnant women, once again, by making CHIP permanent or, at the very least, extend it by 10 years.\
We urge you to do so for the following reasons:
A Long-Term Extension of CHIP Reduces the Federal Budget Deficit by $6 Billion
As stated repeatedly, the new CBO/JCT score indicates that a five-year extension of CHIP would cost $800 million, a six-year extension included in the House CR would save less than $1 billion, and a 10-year extension reduces the federal budget deficit by $6 billion.
We urge the Senate to take this unique win-win opportunity to secure the maximum amount of federal budget savings to reduce the federal deficit, provide support for the Medicaid Improvement Fund, or help pay-for extenders, such as the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, Familyto- Family Health Information Center funding, and community health centers funding.
A Long-Term Extension of CHIP Would Eliminate the Disastrous “CHIP Cliff”
In addition, in sharp contrast to all other federal health programs, CHIP includes a major flaw in its current financing that is referred to as the “CHIP cliff.” For example, in the House-passed CR, the funding level provided for CHIP in 2023 would be $25.9 billion, but the legislation would establish a baseline of only $5.7 billion in the out-years – an astounding 78 percent reduction. That enormous cut to CHIP’s baseline potentially creates a $20.2 billion annual shortfall in 2024 and beyond, which threatens the very existence and ability to extend CHIP in the long-term.
Again, no other federal health coverage program is subjected to such a long-term fiscal crisis. Congress does not impose an arbitrarily imposed, multi-billion shortfalls in Medicare or other federal health programs and CHIP deserves the same treatment.
Fortunately, the new CBO/JCT score provides Congress a unique opportunity to eliminate the “CHIP cliff” by making CHIP permanent or extending the program for at least 10 years. We urge the Senate to address this enormous problem and protect the long-term financial stability of CHIP.
Moreover, fixing the “CHIP cliff” would help the states from having to repeatedly consider various options and scenarios related to whether CHIP will get extended and what the federal matching rate may be. Making CHIP permanent or extending the program for at least 10 years will allow states to better prioritize their time and effort to improving the health of children.
A Long-Term Extension of CHIP Protects and Stabilizes Health Coverage for 9 Million Children
In the last few years, Congress has had to extend funding for CHIP repeatedly (2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2017) and that has proven to be quite harmful and difficult to the program, as offsets are often required to simply maintain the current program. In fact, despite the fact that the tobacco tax increases that financed the program at its enactment in 1997 and 2009 would cover the full expenses of CHIP had those dollars been dedicated to CHIP, subsequent extensions have required offsets just to maintain the status quo.
This is particularly problematic for CHIP. When the Senate considers the continuation of demonstrations, waivers, or extenders for health programs like Medicare, offsets can be found within the same program. In sharp contrast, as the failure of Congress to extend CHIP for the last 113 days highlights, there was bipartisan agreement in both the House and Senate on the CHIP language but the offsets, which were unrelated to the health of children, are what have threatened the program’s extension.
The unfortunate and damaging short-term extensions that CHIP is repeatedly put through, just to extend the status quo for the health of millions of children, must end.
CHIP Is Not a Demonstration or Waiver Program and Is Deserving of a Long-Term Extension
In addition, the short-term extensions for CHIP have placed a burden upon the program that is unique among all the federal health coverage programs. Other federal programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Health Administration, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, or health coverage for Members of Congress and staff, are not subjected to on-going program expirations and funding cliffs. Recently, leadership staff in the House of Representatives spoke about how important it was to change the “nightmare” of repeated extensions of the Medicare physician payments to permanent status in 2015 after years of short-term extensions. That is certainly true.
CHIP deserves the same result. Over its two-decade history, CHIP has had numerous evaluations concluding that it provides cost-effective health coverage that is, by definition, uniquely child-focused. While it makes sense for demonstrations and waiver programs to be subjected to possible expiration and extensions, CHIP has a two-decade long record of success in every state across this country, as the program, in tandem with Medicaid, has cut the uninsured rate for children by two-thirds.
Consequently, CHIP deserves to be made permanent, like every other federal health coverage program. It is unfathomable that Congress would subject Medicare or their own health coverage to such on-going threats to its very existence. The new CBO score provides a unique opportunity to what is best for children.
There is Not a Good Argument for Subjecting CHIP to a Shorter, Temporary Extension
When the new CBO/JTC score was released, the House chose to modify the CHIP legislation that it previously had passed in just the matter of a few days. The only argument that was made for extending CHIP by fewer than 10 years is that it would give Congress a chance to consider changes to the program more frequently. However, that argument is simply false.
First, making CHIP permanent or providing for a 10-year extension of the program does not change the oversight and legislative authority of the Senate Finance Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee over the program. In fact, it is important to point out that CHIP’s authorization ran for a full 10 years when it was established back in 1997. During that decade, CHIP was modified by Congress on 18 separate occasions, so it is simply wrong to argue that Congress somehow loses oversight authority over the program through a longer extension.
On the contrary, making CHIP permanent would, paradoxically, facilitate the oversight and consideration of recommendations toward improving the program, including the consideration of demonstrations and waivers to seek further improvements to the quality and access to care for children. Congress would maintain oversight over the program and continue to get biannual reports from MACPAC regarding their recommendations to improve child health.
For example, a recent study published in Health Affairs found that infant and child mortality are 70 percent higher in the United States than other wealthy nations. Congress and advocates for children should all be focused on fixing that problem rather than the endless time we have all spent on repeated CHIP extensions over the past years.
Unfortunately, by failing to fully consider at least a 10-year extension of CHIP, just as CHIP had at its inception, the House CR left more than $5 billion in savings on the table and imposed a “CHIP cliff” that threatens the very long-term existence of the program.
Consequently, we urge the Senate to use this time to do better on behalf of our nation’s children, just as it has done in the past, and take advantage of the latest CBO/JCT score to make CHIP permanent or to extend the program for at least 10 years while simultaneously reducing the deficit by $6 billion.
Thank you for your consideration.
As of today, full funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired 104 days ago and the health coverage for nine million children has relied on a series of short-term patches from Congress to protect children from losing coverage. However, states are rapidly closing in on that moment where they are completely out of both federal and state CHIP dollars, which has forced some states to already send out disenrollment notices to families, spend time and money on planning for the possible closure of the program, and work on possible systems changes to move children either to Medicaid coverage or the Obamacare exchanges. This has been devastating to families concerned about the well-being of their children.
“The only simple thing about this tax bill is that the bulk of its benefits flow to wealthy families and corporations at the expense of working families and children. Corporations will enjoy a steep decrease in their tax rate, which will plummet from 35 percent to 21 percent, permanently.
In 2027, nearly 83% of the tax breaks are projected to go to the top 1% of earners. On the other hand, hard-working families with children, especially those in poverty, will, at best, see modest—but temporary—tax breaks, with the poorest left out entirely. Sadly, in the name of a partisan victory and so-called simplification of our tax code, the President and his Congressional Majority have ushered through a tax overhaul in record time with no regard for legislative process or bipartisanship. The result heavily and shamefully favors the wealthiest.
At the same time that extraordinary measures were used to rush a deficit-ballooning tax bill to the President, an extremely successful and bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired. Ironically, this upside-down prioritization stems from claims that the $8 billion CHIP cost requires funding offsets. This explanation for inaction on CHIP is appalling given that the tax bill will cost more than 100 times that over the next five years.
In addition, this unfair, lopsided and insulting tax bill gambles with our children’s future by relying on unfounded expectations for economic growth. Congress’ own independent analysts estimate that this tax bill will increase the deficit by $1.45 trillion. Our young people can expect to shoulder this debt burden, experience shrinking social services and ultimately pay for the tax cuts with higher taxes.
Already, the tax bill’s supporters have indicated they will dismantle the social safety net to compensate for this explosion in the deficit. This endangers critical programs that serve families and children, such as Medicaid, temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), child nutrition programs, and housing assistance. Families cannot afford to lose these crucial supports, which are already receiving a declining share of the federal budget. As of 2017, less than 8 percent of total federal spending goes to children.
Supporters of the tax bill have chosen to reward corporations and the wealthiest over children. The First Focus Campaign for Children finds this behavior intolerable and unconscionable and will continue to fight to ensure these policymakers no longer view our children as an afterthought.”
WASHINGTON--With respect to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Announcement that the House will consider a Continuing Resolution with a short-term, stop-gap measure for states that will exhaust CHIP funding by the end of 2017, the following statement was issued by Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus Campaign for Children:
“Congress is more than two months overdue in fulfilling a self-imposed September 30th deadline on extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 8.9 million low income kids. Consequently, every state is rapidly running out of funding.
Children deserve more from Congress than short-term, piecemeal measures for individual states. For families with children in treatment for cancer, heart disease, Spina Bifida, cystic fibrosis, Rett Syndrome, asthma, or an array of other conditions this funding delay is frightening and unnecessary. Children need Congress to do their job and fully fund CHIP for five years for all states to minimize damage already done by this inexplicable delay.
There is no excuse for further delays on extending this critical and wildly successful program for children, and to do so is harmful. Children and their families are counting on Congress to extend CHIP funding now — without any further delay or excuses.
If Congress does choose to enact a short-term extension, it should be for the purpose of using the time to eliminate the arbitrary funding cliff in the law or to create a permanent CHIP Trust Fund paid for by the offsets or past tobacco taxes that should have been dedicated to CHIP, so that such a crisis never happens again."
Statement for the Record: The Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from States, Communities, and Providers
The First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this statement for the record for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on November 30, 2017. The statement makes policy recommendations to make sure that the impact on children living in families battling opioid and substance use issues is considered when determining policy solutions to address this epidemic.
WASHINGTON—Bruce Lesley, President of The First Focus Campaign for Children, released the following statement on the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT of 2017 (HR 3922), a House bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):
“We strongly support efforts in Congress to ensure continued health coverage for the 9 million children who rely on CHIP. Having missed the September 30 deadline to extend CHIP funding, states are preparing to dismantle their programs and alert families about disruption in their coverage.
The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act includes an important five-year extension to the program. This long-term extension would provide peace of mind and health care security for millions of families and stability for states that will allow them to continue to improve their CHIP programs and to innovate.
We are also pleased to see parent mentoring as an option for outreach and enrollment funding included in the bill as it is an evidence-based strategy to enroll more children in coverage.
However, we are concerned that some of the offsets included in this bill could have a negative effect on children. In particular, cuts to the Prevention and Public Fund that states use for immunizations and lead-prevention work could be harmful to kids’ health and wellbeing.
As the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act moves to the House floor, we urge leaders in Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to find offsets that reflect the bipartisan nature of CHIP, a successful 20-year-old program that has always enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle.
We owe it to our nation’s children to enact the best possible policy to keep them covered and healthy.”