Ohio and the CHIP Program

Senator Portman supported TrumpCare the first time around, but he can still make up for it by opposing Graham-Cassidy. There are plenty of reasons why Sen. Portman should oppose this bill--like the fact that it would cut federal funding for Ohio by an estimated $2.5 billion by 2026, and because the CBO hasn’t had enough time to review how many people will lose their coverage as a result. But there is another reason: 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 223,583 children in Ohio. 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 Portman 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 Portman 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 want Senator Portman to oppose Graham-Cassidy. 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 223,583 Ohioan children use.

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

Caller: If that’s what the Senator wants to do, then he should publicly oppose Graham-Cassidy and instead work with his 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 Portman to oppose. Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what Senator Portman decides to do.

OhioCaroline Kavit