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THIS IS IT! CALL YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO #PROTECTMEDICAID AND VOTE NO ON THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL!
The Senate began debate on health care on Tuesday and the whirlwind continues. A series of bills are being voted on as the Republican Leadership tries to get something over the finish line — but all are bad. Each ultimately would end Medicaid expansion, end Medicaid as we know it with deep cuts and caps, raise premiums and deductibles and gut consumer protections. And each would cause millions of children and others to lose health coverage. Take steps now to ensure your Senators protect the millions of people in your state who now benefit from the ACA and Medicaid.
Please call your Senators today and Friday and get others from your state to call too! Tell your Senators that no tinkering can make any of these bills better. Tell your Senators to vote “NO” — to reject any modified Senate health care bill and the “skinny repeal” bill. With a “No” vote your Senators can help stop great harm to tens of millions of children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly in your state and across the nation. #Protect Medicaid and #Keep Kids Covered.
For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.
The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! Toolkit
If asking parents this simple question could help ensure children stay healthier, do better in school, and even save a child's life, should schools do it? More and more districts around the country are answering with a resounding yes! CDF and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have just released Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! a toolkit to help schools and districts connect children to health care coverage as part of routine school enrollment. The toolkit offers a clear set of steps, useful tools, tips and lessons learned that we hope superintendents, school districts, teachers and parents across the country will embrace and make connecting uninsured children to health coverage through schools routine in America. Get started now to help #InsureAllChildren.
Having health insurance makes a huge difference for children in school. Schools can make a difference by identifying uninsured students and connecting them to health insurance.
Hear U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. speak about the importance of this work at the event highlighting the Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! toolkit by CDF and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Get started today!