With a quickly approaching deadline—after which 400,000 Texas kids could be dropped from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—over 30 leading Texas health care and advocacy organizations sent a joint letter to U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott urgently requesting intervention.
As part of the Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, the groups are asking federal leaders to renew CHIP funding as soon as possible.
Waiting to resolve CHIP funding until the end of this year is not an option, because any delay in funding could cause significant disruptions to families staring in early December.
Kids in Texas’ 53 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey might be especially vulnerable, as families struggle to rebuild their lives.
View a copy of the letter here. Texas CHIP enrollment data by county for August 2017 is available here.
Read more about CHIP and CHIP funding here.
To speak to leaders of some of the groups that signed on, please contact:
Children’s Defense Fund- Texas; Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus LGuerraCar@childrensdefense.org (713) 419-8422
Texas Pediatric Society, The Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; contact Tricia Hall, Executive Director, C: 512-370-1506
Oliver Bernstein, Center for Public Policy Priorities, 512.289.8618