Senators need to hear from you to take immediate action in support of two bipartisan bills, the Strong Families Act, S. 1829 and the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017, S. 1827, which would respectively fund the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs (MIECHV) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. Complete the form below to take action. You'll see full details and phone script for calling your senators.

 

 

Background

Medicaid, together with CHIP and the MIECHV, provide strong foundational supports to children and their families. These three programs play a role in strengthening child and family well-being by providing access to health services and reinforcing safe, stable, and nurturing relationships. Research has shown that public policies and interventions that promote healthy development throughout the early childhood create cost-saving benefits over the lifespan including a foundation for later school achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, and effective parenting.

Two of the three federal programs mentioned above—CHIP and MIECHV—are set to run out of federal funding by the end of the month. Together, Medicaid and CHIP, provide health care coverage to one-third of our nation’s children, giving millions of parents peace of mind. MIECHV-supported home visiting programs offers resources and tools to help create stable, healthy, and loving family environments. All three programs should be viewed as wise federal investments for building our future workforce.

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