Maine and the CHIP Program

Senator Collins opposed TrumpCare, and for good reason. She should oppose Graham-Cassidy too, in part because Maine stands to lose $115 million in federal funding by 2026. Not to mention the 229,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions that would be hurt by this bill, and the 19,000 Mainers relying on the ACA for treatment for opioid abuse whose care would be in jeopardy. Plus, we don’t know how many people will lose their coverage because the CBO hasn’t had time to fully review the bill.

But there is another reason to oppose this bill: it’s preventing Congress from funding health insurance for children.Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on Sept. 30th, in just ten days. This program provides access to quality, affordable coverage to millions of American children, including 23,257 children in Maine. But Congress is so busy trying to ram through its TrumpCare bill that it might not be able to extend funding for CHIP in time.  

Tell Senator Collins to vote NO on TrumpCare and focus on what matters most, like funding the CHIP program

SAMPLE CALL SCRIPT

Caller: Hello! My name is [ ] and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you tell me how Senator Collins will vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill if it comes up for a vote?

Staffer: The Senator is still reviewing the text of the bill and hasn’t taken a position on it. There is no vote scheduled on that bill though.

Caller: I hope that Senator Collins will stay strong and oppose Graham-Cassidy. The bill has not gone through regular order, as Sen. Murkowski has requested. The bill is just like other TrumpCare bills in that it destroys Medicaid, hurts children with disabilities, seniors, and even victims of natural disasters like Harvey and Irma. And we don’t even know how many people will lose coverage because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review the bill. It is also preventing Congress from taking care of other priorities like renewing funding for the CHIP program, which 23,257 Mainer children use.

Staffer: Senator Collins is committed to making sure that Mainer children have access to healthcare and is working hard make sure that happens.

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then she should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with her colleagues to extend CHIP funding.

Staffer: I’ll let the Senator know your thoughts.

Caller: Yes, please do. I will be watching this vote closely and I expect Senator Collins to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Collins decides to do.

MaineCaroline Kavit