Friends of CHIP,
Thanks to the many of you that have been listening to the news about the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program and expressed concern about our work. We just wanted to let you know that:
- This is actually a different “CHIP” – we are the Children’s Health Improvement Program, and our funding does not come through the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as FAMIS in Virginia. Sorry it’s so confusing!
- Our budget and fundraising is currently on track for the year. We still need your support, but we’re not facing funding cuts. About 17% of our funding, $310,722, originates with the federal government through the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program, which comes to us through the Virginia state budget and our umbrella group, CHIP of Virginia. Right now, that funding has not been reduced.
- BUT…this is a really big deal for our families. We estimate that half of the children we serve, and over 66,000 kids in Virginia, get their health care covered through FAMIS. If it is not reauthorized by Congress in the next few weeks, they (and our community) will have a major problem.
We spend a lot of time making sure kids have a medical home and get the health care they need; where they will go without the coverage is anyone’s guess. The access to care for some of our community’s most vulnerable children will instantly become very limited or completely gone.
Please consider making a call to your Senators and Congressman to let them know we need the Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorized NOW. And let me know if you have any questions regarding this.
Thanks for all your support.