Children's Health Insurance Program


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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to more than eight million low-income children in families whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who don’t earn enough to purchase private health insurance on their own. Since its inception in 1997, CHIP along with Medicaid has reduced the number of uninsured children by half.

By a 74-14% margin, the American people are demanding that Congress extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Over 1,200 organizations from across the country are asking Congress to extend CHIP and protect the health of over 10 million children.

But funding for the CHIP expires in 2015. And if Congress fails to act soon, over 10 million children will be at risk of having their health coverage disrupted. 

Unfortunately, kids don’t vote and don’t have Political Action Committees or Super PACs, so they are counting on all of us to make their voices heard and have their health care protected.

Read more. Learn why CHIP is still critical for kids.

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Don’t just take our work for it. Read the newspaper editorials and op-eds calling on Congress to protect CHIP.




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take action buttonPlease join the First Focus Campaign for Children in urging your Member of Congress to take action to protect CHIP and keep millions of children from losing coverage altogether. Click here to send your letter.

You can also help by joining or donating to First Focus Campaign for Children to keeping up the pressure on Capitol Hill so that the health and well-being of children are no longer treated as an afterthought in the halls of Congress.






Protecting childhood takes teamwork, and we can’t do this work without the generous support of individuals like you. First Focus Campaign for Children has been deeply engaged in advocacy efforts and important coverage gains for children. We work hard urging Congress to protect the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Your donation gives a voice to children on Capitol Hill.

First Focus Campaign for Children is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Because of our direct advocacy to Congress, your donation is not tax-deductible. We will never share or sell your personal information.