As organizations serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs), we advocate for the future of our communities--our children. Putting the health and wellbeing of this and future generations first should be something we can all agree on. Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults, and together build strong families and communities. Right now, Congress has a chance to put differences aside and extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years.
25 percent of AA and NHPIs rely on Medicaid or CHIP. Together these programs provide a health care safety net. CHIP works by providing a lifeline for low-and middle-income children, offering them quality health coverage and access to more doctors and the care they need, but would otherwise never be able to afford. But with funding set to expire at the end of September, coverage for millions of kids hangs in the balance.
CHIP is more than just an insurance card, it is a ticket to better health for AA and NHPI kids and their families.
- CHIP is tailored to children's needs, and often has better benefits, stronger protections and more providers than private pediatric plans available in the marketplaces. This includes better access to oral health, mental health and other services kids need.
All children deserve the security and protection of affordable and comprehensive health care coverage. AA and NHPI kids, and millions of others, are counting on Congress to extend CHIP. For nearly 20 years, CHIP has delivered for children's health. We cannot stop now.