May 9, 2018 202/371-1999
Moms Leader: Cutting Children’s Health Insurance Program Would Be ‘Reckless and Irresponsible’
Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, on the Trump administration’s proposal to cut $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program:
“The Trump administration proposal to cut $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is ill-advised and reckless. If Congress agrees to this irresponsible cut, children and families across our country will suffer.
“CHIP is state administered, and it allows children in low- and middle-income families to get the check-ups, doctor visits and screenings they need to get and stay healthy. The bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the program for 10 years was designed to stabilize it, protect coverage for children, and allow states to strengthen their CHIP programs. This cut would violate that hard-fought budget agreement and it would put access to health insurance in jeopardy for vulnerable children and families.
“This administration seems to think deals are made to be broken, children’s health is unimportant, and the needs of families with low and middle incomes simply do not matter. America’s moms wholeheartedly disagree. Congress and the Trump administration prioritized huge tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in their tax bill last year, and now they want to cut spending by denying children health coverage. It is simply unacceptable.
“Congress must reject the Trump administration’s proposed cut to CHIP immediately. We must not reduce federal spending by denying children health coverage and care.”
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MomsRising.org is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families, including criminal justice reform, immigration policy reform, and gun safety. MomsRising is working for paid family and medical leave, affordable, high quality childcare and early learning, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes women — particularly moms and women of color — and so many others. MomsRising advocates for access to healthy food for all kids, health care for all, earned sick days, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. MomsRising maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.org. Sign up online at www.MomsRising.org — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.