The State Flexibility Act Harms Children, Disrupts Coverage, and Ends CHIP as We Know It

Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to reject the State Flexibility Act(H.R. 1683), legislation which would fundamentally reverse the enormous progress our nation has made in reducing the number of uninsured children.

 

This legislation would repeal a provision of the health reform law that requires states to maintain current eligibility and enrollment requirements for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Without this so-called “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) provision, an estimated 14 million children currently covered by either Medicaid or CHIP could be dropped from coverage.

The sole purpose of the State Flexibility Act is to give states permission to eliminate health coverage for vulnerable Americans, including low-income children, people with disabilities, and senior citizens, which would simply increase the number of uninsured citizens in our country.
Review our new fact sheet to learn how the State Flexibility Act negatively impacts the health coverage of America’s children.

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