Lawmakers have missed two critical funding deadlines for programs that kids count on.
They failed to extend funding for the popular and bipartisan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before the September 30 deadline, which means health coverage for 9 million American children and 370,000 pregnant women is now in limbo. There’s a strong bill in the Senate (S. 1827) to fund CHIP for the next five years and another bill in the House (H.R. 3921) that’s a mixed bag.
They also missed the deadline to reauthorize another popular and bipartisan program: the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which funds evidence-based home visiting programs in every state to improve the early health, school readiness, and economic stability of families.
Press release courtesy of First Focus Campaign for Children
Please call your federal representatives to support both a clean CHIP bill and a reauthorization of MIECHV funding. https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials