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MEDIA ALERT                                                                     CONTACT:    Gretchen Wright        
November 13, 2014                                                                                  Kim Hayes

Nation’s Moms Call on Congress to Renew Funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program

DC-Area Moms to Deliver Petition Signatures, Storybooks to Members of Congress

One Tuesday, Moms who are members of the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization MomsRising will deliver petitions with more than 20,000 signatures and books with stories from families across the country that urge the U.S. Senate to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. The moms will meet up before the delivery at:

10am, Tuesday November 18
Hart Senate Office Building Lobby (by the Calder statue)
Washington, DC

Funding for CHIP will expire next year unless Congress votes to extend it. Right now, more than 8 million children rely on the program for health insurance. Since it first went into effect in 1997, CHIP has helped reduce the number of uninsured children by half, from 14 percent to 7 percent.
The MomsRising storybook, Give Our Kids A Winning Hand: Continue Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, contains more than 100 stories from across the country, including these:
Nancy, Georgia
My grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4 1/2. He also has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Asperger’s Syndrome. Without the PeachCare coverage [CHIP in GA] I don’t know what we would have done. The care he has received has been remarkable! Our precious children are suffering from so many diseases and they deserve the best care available. It is crucial that CHIP continues to provide the help for our children and grandchildren that is so desperately needed.
Sarah, Illinois
I lost my job when I got pregnant. My husband’s insurance was enough, until I developed complications. My son was born 6 weeks early and then spent 11 weeks in the NICU. If it hadn’t been for All Kids [CHIP in IL], we would have been in huge debt.
Dolline, Maryland
My husband lost his job over 2 years ago leaving the family without medical insurance. Thanks to MCHIP and the Maryland REM program (Rare Expensive Medical Management) my son gets the medical care he needs. My husband was recently diagnosed with early onset dementia and will never be able to work again, and my son still has insurance.
Malana, Texas
Our family of four receives CHIP for our children. We make too much for Medicaid but not enough to be able to afford private health insurance. CHIP has helped us out for 6 plus years. My son was having severe headaches at the age of 2 and without CHIP we would not be able to get him tested and make sure there was nothing majorly wrong with him. He since has outgrown them and is doing fine. 

#   #   #   # is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others.  MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. 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. In 2013, named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net”list.