While focusing on hurricanes, NFL players, and Las Vegas, we may have not realized that the Congress missed the September 30 deadline to reautherize the Childen’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides Federal Funds to States for inexpensive health insurance to children in lower-income families.
According to The Hill, a study of the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 10 States, including New York, will run out of CHIP funds at the end of the year. It would be appropriate to ask your County Legislators how this will affect your county. Have they contact Rep. Reed to protest the lost of support your residents. Contact your State Senator and Assemblymember and try to get information about how our State will react to the lost of CHIP funds. Hold our representatives accountable!
Also, call Congressman Tom Reed, and ask what did he do to try to convince the Speaker of the House to re-authorize CHIP. There has been nothing on his website or Facebook page about not renewing it. I thought he cared about his constituents.
Rep. Reed’s Office Numbers.
- Washington (202) 225-3161
- Corning (607) 654-7566
- Geneva (315) 759-5229
- Ithaca (607) 222-2027
- Jamestown (716) 708-6369
- Olean (716) 379-8434
Below is the number of children affected in the NY-23rd Counties as of September, 2017.