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Medicaid and the ACA are once again at risk! Please make a call TODAY.
Despite the groundswell of resistance over the spring and summer months that helped defeat the worst threats to health care we have ever seen, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and slashing Medicaid funding are back on the Senate agenda. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), along with co-sponsors Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), are racing the clock to secure enough votes to pass their “Graham-Cassidy bill” by the end of September, before Republican leadership loses its ability to pass it in the Senate with just 50 votes. The Graham-Cassidy bill is even more harmful than the previous Senate bills defeated this summer. In addition to fundamentally restructuring Medicaid by establishing a per person cap on spending, it would also replace the ACA’s market place subsidies and the Medicaid expansion with a block grant. It also allows states broad waiver authority to exclude coverage of essential health benefits and health coverage for children and adults with pre-existing conditions. The Graham-Cassidy bill would leave millions of Americans uninsured, destabilize the individual insurance market, and end Medicaid as we know it. There is enormous and growing pressure for a vote on Graham-Cassidy before the end of the month – likely the week of September 25th. Call (877) 233-9025 TODAY and tell your Senators to vote NO on Graham-Cassidy to #ProtectMedicaid and #KeepKidsCovered!
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 former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and former 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!