Sample Letter/Email for Proposed Medicaid Cuts

The physician owners of Kids Plus are writing and calling our Senators and Congresspersons again this week, asking them to preserve Medicaid and CHIP coverage for children, as well as funding for other vital support services for children and families in need.

If you’d like to add your voice to ours, and to the voice of so many more people who work for the health and wellness of our children, you can copy and/or edit this text and send it to your senators and/or congresspersons.

We hope you’ll join use to help protect the health and well-being of so many of our children.

Sample Letter/Email To Use (or Adapt)

Dear [CONGRESSPERSON/SENATOR]:

Because I care about the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, I write to urge you to protect the needs of children as you consider changes to health care programs and financing for our country. I also urge you to preserve funding for WIC, early childhood education, and housing supports that are vital for the health & well-being of children.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are essential elements of health care coverage for children. Federal policy innovations over the last decade have driven the child un-insurance rate to its lowest point in our history. Recent studies show that insurance coverage expansions over the past decade have resulted in significant improvements in children’s access to health services, and in turn, improvements in their health and well-being.

Research has also shown that affordable, comprehensive health care coverage, strong nutrition, and quality early childhood education all yield strong returns on investment by preventing costly illnesses and service needs later in life, creating a healthier workforce, and improving the economic success of future taxpayers.

As Congress discusses changes to our current health care system, I urge you to remember that children are not just little adults. They have a unique set of health care needs that require special attention. They must have access to insurance coverage, and that coverage must be designed so that it is age-appropriate and addresses the needs of children as they grow. A comprehensive pediatric benefit package must include services such as preventive care, pediatric mental health and dental care, and pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty care.

As Congress works on changes to our system of health care financing, I urge you to hold the needs of children as a top priority. Please build on our current successes by voting to maintain Medicaid, CHIP, and WIC funding for children.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME & CONTACT INFO]