More than 8 million children in the United States are uninsured.
And, the health care proposals currently circulating around Congress are all leaving these children – and the millions more who are underinsured – behind.
On November 4, you can take action to help ensure that health care reform provides children with the effective national health safety net that they need and deserve. Join the Champion’s For Children’s Health Stroller Brigade for a “stroll” to the Capitol to let Congress and the President know that this an issue they should not, and cannot, ignore.
The Children’s Defense Fund, which is organizing this rally, has identified the following three goals for health care reform:
- End the bureaucratic barriers that keep 2 out of 3 of the 8 million uninsured children who are already eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicaid from actually getting the care they need.
- Guarantee every child access to the full range of child health benefits they need which are now provided to children in Medicaid but not to children in the CHIP or the proposed Exchange. All children’s lives are of equal value.
- Eliminate the unjust lottery of geography and provide an affordable national health safety net for all children whose family income is below 300% of the federal poverty line ($66,000 for a family of four).
At Legal Aid, health rights advocacy and casework are among our key priorities. We see far too many families and children who do not have access to appropriate health care – and this despite the fact that anyone who is eligible for Legal Aid’s services should be receiving health care (whether through Medicaid, Medicare, or the D.C. Alliance).
By taking individual health care access cases, advocating with D.C. government agencies to reform policies and procedures, educating clients about their health care rights, and monitoring proposed regulations and legislation, Legal Aid attorneys work to ensure that health care for all District residents is both a right and a reality. We are of course eager to see health care reform efforts on a national level that will benefit our clients and are pleased to support the Children’s Defense Fund in this effort to expand health care for the nation’s children.
We urge you all to come out and stroll!
Stroller Brigade Details:
Champions of Children’s Health Stroller Brigade
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
West Lawn of the Capitol