The clock is ticking and Congress has not extended the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both of which provide vital services to children and families across the state. While both House and Senate committees took action on CHIP reauthorization bills earlier this month and there has been progress on MIECHV legislation, we need to keep the pressure on them to complete the process.
Show Your Support for CHIP and MIECHV
Organizational Sign On Letter
If you’re part of an organization, and are authorized to act on its behalf, please add your organization’s name to this letter developed jointly by health and early childhood advocates calling on members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to voice their support for quick action on MIECHV and CHIP.
More About the Programs
MIECHV supports young children and their families through evidence-based home visiting programs that improve outcomes for children, including children’s health and school readiness. In Illinois, MIECHV serves nearly 1,000 families per year, and also funds innovative approaches as well as training and supports for home visitors.
CHIP provides health care coverage to over 9 million children across the nation – nearly 326,000 in Illinois through All Kids. Federal CHIP funds contribute nearly $500 million to the Illinois state budget for children’s health care.