A Message from the PPC Chair: Take Action Today to Keep CHIP Strong for Children .
A Message from PPC Chair Paul Chung, MD, MS
The Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) is strongly committed to improving the health of children by ensuring access to quality health care. There are many ways our government can help meet children's needs and protect their health and well-being. Extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is one of them.
CHIP is a bipartisan program that works for children, and no one understands that better than pediatricians. Since its passage in 1997, pediatricians have worked hard in every state to fulfill the promise of CHIP for children. In Washington, the Academy has led advocacy efforts to protect CHIP, working with Congress to strengthen, reauthorize and extend the program. Our work has paid off in a successful program with "children" in its name and at its core, which now serves as a lifeline for more than 8 million children in families across the country.
Right now, CHIP's future is at a crossroads: the program's funding runs out this year and Congress is debating legislation as we speak to extend it. Today and over the next few days, leaders from both political parties and both chambers of Congress will be working together to come up with a plan to extend funding for CHIP. Votes could come as early as next week.
Congress needs to hear from you today.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FEDERAL LEGISLATORS' OFFICE TODAY: