Families USA Promotes the Benefits of Expanding CHIP

Educating opinion leaders, policy-makers and the public about the need to increase children's access to health coverage through CHIP expansion

Between July 2007 and November 2007, Families USA Foundation, based in Washington, conducted a public education campaign about how low-income children would benefit if Congress expanded the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which came up for reauthorization in 2007. Families USA worked with state-level, public policy advocacy groups throughout the country to stage press conferences, door-to-door campaigns and other events.

Results

  • With assistance from Families USA, advocacy groups placed 34 editorials, op-ed pieces and letters to the editor in newspapers across the country to coincide with back-to-school events during August 2007. During the fall of 2007, groups staged press conferences and other events in 24 states.

  • Researchers at Families USA wrote a report—Kids Waiting for Coverage: How Many Are in Your State?—detailing the number of children who would have health insurance coverage under House and Senate versions of CHIP reauthorization bills.