Urge Congress to support Utah Children & Families

25 March 2015 Written by  

This week, a bipartisan bill called the “Doc Fix” or “SGR” is expected to be debated in the House. As this suggests, the bill is intended to fix a funding issue with how Medicare pays providers. But this bill is about so much more than Medicare.

It also extends funding for important programs that help low-income Utah families and children:

  • Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) – This program provides voluntary home visiting services to low income pregnant women and new parents. In Utah, approximately 1,200 families are at risk of losing critical services every year.
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – CHIP provides essential health care coverage to children living below 200% of the federal poverty level. In Utah, over 15,000 children are at risk of losing their health care coverage if CHIP is not extended.
  • Community Health Center Program – This program provides grants to 13 organizations statewide that provide access to affordable comprehensive primary and preventive care. Without funding, 13 of Utah’s 43 clinics will be forced to close their doors and up to 44,000 patients would lose access to care in urban and rural Utah.

All these programs are slated to end this year if Congress doesn’t act.  Please contact your congressperson now and ask them to vote YES!

Rep. Rob Bishop 202-225-0453 @RepRobBishop

Rep. Jason Chaffetz 202-225-7751 @JasonInTheHouse 

Rep. Mia Love 202-225-3011 @MiaBLove

Rep. Chris Stewart 202-225-9730 @RepChrisStewart

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