As of this past weekend, federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired. Good job, Congress.
CHIP insures children whose families' incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, and its benefits include vital, basic services such as shots, doctors visits, and prescription medication.
GOP leadership has said they'll tackle CHIP re-authorization in November, putting millions of kids' health care at risk until that happens. We're already seeing enrollment freezes begin in Utah – that's only the beginning.
We must urge our representatives to support a bipartisan CHIP re-authorization ASAP, and protect basic medical care for children.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Cassidy and Kennedy
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Baton Rouge: (225) 929-7711; Lafayette: (337) 261-1400; Shreveport: (318) 798-3215; Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE (504) 581-6190 (Other offices include: Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; and Shreveport: (318) 670-5192)
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today to ask the Senator to pass a bipartisan re-authorization of the CHIP ASAP. Millions of children rely on this funding for their insurance, including hundreds of thousands in Louisiana, and it should be reauthorized immediately.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.