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Critical Health Care Issues on Congressional Agenda This Month
- The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Funding for CHIP expires at the end of the month. As many members of our coalition recently wrote in this letter to Governor Abbott, Congress must ensure that funding continues. This new Texas CHIP fact sheet has more details.
- Community Health Centers: Funding for these important health care providers also runs out on September 30. The Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) has more information and a call to action here. We urge Congress to act quickly to renew the health center funding.
- Reducing Premiums on the ACA Marketplace: A bipartisan group of legislators is holding hearings and working together to develop a plan to stabilize the Obamacare individual health insurance market before the end of this month. We are encouraged to see this effort to work collaboratively to improve -- rather than gut -- health insurance.
- Obamacare Repeal: The White House is pushing for one last long-shot attempt to repeal the ACA before the September 30th deadline to pass a filibuster-proof bill. The latest repeal proposal is the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would create huge health care cuts. The effort seems unlikely to pick up steam this month, but we will watch it closely and let you know if it gains any traction.
What You Can Tell Congress About these Urgent Issues
I'm calling to urge you to take action on three critical health care issues before the end of September. Unfortunately, these issues were not included in the bill to extend government funding for three months.
First, Congress should pass a long-term funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before funding runs out at the end of the month.
Second, Congress should pass a long-term funding extension for Community Health Centers before funding runs out at the end of the month.
Third, Congress should pass bipartisan legislation to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets instead of trying to repeal Obamacare.
Thank you for your assistance.