URGENT HEALTH CARE NEEDS IN UTAH!
1. Health Centers will close if Congress doesn’t #FixTheCliff
If Congress fails to act TODAY, Health Centers across the country and right here in Utah will lose 70% of their federal funding. We cannot let this happen.
Based on recently released data, we estimate that approximately 74,000 Utahns may lose access to healthcare. Those who live in rural areas and our homeless populations could lose their ONLY access to primary and preventative healthcare if Congress does not restore this critical funding!
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that we get as many people as possible contacting Utah’s senators and representatives TODAY to tell them to #FixTheCliff and keep 74,000 Utahns from losing access to healthcare!
2. Children will lose health care if Congress doesn’t reauthorize CHIP
In the meantime, Utah’s Division of Medicaid and Health Financing says it must close its Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) if Congress fails to renew its funding by TOMORROW. This is the program that provides wellness exams, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions and health care to more than 9 million children nationwide and nearly 20,000 Utah children. Without funding, The program will run out of money by the end of the year.
Sen. Orrin Hatch originally created this program in 1997 and has repeatedly promised that Congress will reauthorize CHIP, but the funding plan has not yet gone to a vote in his Senate Finance Committee.
CALL TO ACTION
- Take a moment to ask Congress not to let this critical program go off the cliff on September 30th. You can email them and send them a Tweet here. Thank you! #ValueCHCs #FixTheCliff
- Contact our senators immediately to insist they reauthorize CHIP today. Ask Senator Hatch to hold a vote in the Senate Finance Committee to ensure CHIP doesn’t shutter and remove health care for 20,000 Utah children.
- If you haven’t already, leave a quick public comment here to ask the federal government to approve Utah’s Medicaid waiver to do the partial expansion authorized by the state legislature in 2016 to cover our state’s most needy people — but ask for approval of the waiver WITHOUT any amendments. Deadline is TOMORROW. More info here.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City) // Email // Twitter: @senorrinhatch // Facebook: @senatororrinhatch
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee