U.S. Capitol BuildingWith the Senate’s recent focus on the Graham-Cassidy bill — the recently defeated effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — Congress has still not taken action to extend several key health care programs that expire on Sept. 30. Beginning on Oct. 1, these programs will face significant funding cuts without extensions:

Children’s Health Insurance Program
Started in 1997, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, has worked with Medicaid to reduce the number of uninsured children by providing coverage to children from families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but still cannot afford private health insurance. As a result, 95 percent of children now have some form of health care coverage. If Congress fails to extend the program, an estimated 1.1 million children could lose coverage, while others could face reduced coverage and significantly higher costs, according to The Commonwealth Fund. Sign your name here to tell Congress to extend funding for CHIP.

Community Health Centers
Over 25 million patients from more than 10,400 underserved communities around the country rely on community health centers for high-quality primary and preventive care, according to a recent APHA-supported letter to Congress. By preventing and managing complex health issues, community health centers save the health care system billions of dollars each year. They serve as the main source — and sometimes the only source — of health care for people regardless of their ability to pay. If Congress does not act, health centers will face a 70 percent cut in funding and lead to an estimated 9 million people losing access to care, 2,800 health center sites closing their doors and 50,000 jobs lost, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers. Tell your members of Congress to support reauthorization of this program by taking action here.

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program supports states in implementing evidence-based home visiting services for at-risk families, such as those facing poverty, unemployment or single parenthood. The home visiting program improves child and family outcomes by helping families connect to necessary services and helping parents develop skills that support their children’s development. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 15,000 families from 544 communities have benefited from home visits since 2010. Ask your members of Congress to reauthorize the home visiting program here.

National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps, started in 1972, places health care providers in underserved areas throughout the country. The Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that through the program 10,400 primary care health providers serve over 11 million people in areas of the country with the highest need. Send a message urging Congress to extend the National Health Service Corps.