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Letter to the House Urging Support of the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act (H.R. 1698)

July 07, 2013

Dear Representative:  

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, I urge you to support the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act (H.R. 1698), introduced by Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Joe Barton (R-TX).  

H.R. 1698 would require Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) to provide 12-month continuous enrollment for eligible individuals. Currently, continuous enrollment is provided by just 28 states under CHIP and 23 states under Medicaid. As a result, 19 million children are at risk of “churn”—enrolling in Medicaid or CHIP and then losing coverage shortly afterwards for administrative reasons unrelated to their eligibility or small, often temporary, changes in household income.  

Every day, educators experience firsthand the role of access to healthcare to children’s success in school.  Students simply cannot learn unless they come to school healthy. Families with access to regular medical care are more likely to keep the entire family healthy and create a better learning environment within the home.  

One in three children in America is served by Medicaid or CHIP. To improve their health and well-being, we urge you to support H.R. 1698.  

Sincerely,  

Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations