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Thanks to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 95 percent of children in the U.S. have health coverage, but it is being seriously threatened. The new Congress has just convened and Congressional Republicans already are working to repeal the ACA, which they call “Obamacare,” a step that would harm millions of children. Congress must put children first and adopt a “do no harm to children” standard as they consider revisions to the ACA. Any repeal of the ACA also must be accompanied by passage of a full, immediate replacement that meets the needs of children and their families. There are also threats to Medicaid that would undermine its critical protections, hard-earned coverage and resulting health gains for low-income children, pregnant women, children and adults with disabilities, and seniors made over more than 50 years. Structural changes and cuts to Medicaid must be opposed. Children must not lose ground.
"As organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and pregnant women, we urge you to keep the unique needs of children in mind as you consider the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ensure that any changes do no harm to children. Thanks to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the ACA, ninety-five percent of children in the United States have health coverage – an historic high.i Children must not lose ground: any health reforms must build on achievements already made to further improve coverage for children. We look forward to working with you to ensure no child is worse off as changes to our health care system are contemplated, and that we can work together to make even more progress for children." Read the full letter.