Tell Congress to Extend Funding for CHIP
Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired Sept. 30, leaving nearly nine million CHIP-enrolled children and pregnant mothers at risk of losing access to medical and dental coverage. To ensure the delivery of critical medical and oral health services provided under CHIP continues uninterrupted, the AGD urges you to tell your members of Congress to extend funding at current levels without delay.
CHIP provides comprehensive coverage, including dental, for children from families who do not qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private insurance. In 2016, more than one in eight children in the U.S., or 8.9 million, were covered by CHIP.
Alarmingly, as of Dec. 6, nine states have reportedly exhausted their FY 2017 allotments and have received redistribution funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue coverage. The amounts already distributed account for two-thirds of the total redistribution funds available. Further, a third of states anticipate exhausting their funding by the end of January 2018, with an additional 21 states projected to exhaust their federal funds by the end of March 2018.
Further delaying an extension to this critical program would be devastating to the millions of at-risk children and pregnant mothers in need of affordable oral health services. With just a few clicks, you can tell Congress to act now to extend funding for this critical program.

Don't delay - take action to protect CHIP dental coverage for kids now!
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