Template Letter to the Editor on SCHIP Reauthorization Health by robpearson

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									          Template Letter to the Editor on SCHIP Reauthorization
[DATE]

Dear Editor,

Despite the many years our hospital has been delivering health care to our community, we have
yet to figure out how to treat the patient we never see — or that we don’t see until it is too late.
Unfortunately, far too many of our neighbors cannot receive proper and timely medical care
because they are uninsured.

No one in America, and certainly not our children, should suffer because they are uninsured. In
Michigan, more than 155,000 kids are without health coverage, putting their health and their
future at risk.

[Pick One, either A, B or C]

A. [NAME OF LOCAL PAPER] has been covering the political debate about the reauthorization
of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides critical funding for
the MIChild program. This program provides health coverage for thousands of children in our
state whose parents are not offered health coverage through their job or who cannot afford the
coverage they are offered.

B. President Bush, Governor Granholm, presidential candidates and members of Congress are all
discussing how to extend health coverage to uninsured children by reauthorizing the State
Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), commonly known as MIChild in Michigan.

C. The governor knows and appreciates the importance of children’s health coverage. Recently,
she spoke at a rally in Detroit supporting the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP),
known in Michigan as MIChild. At the event, the governor urged congressional representatives
and the White House to take action to reauthorize the program and expand its funding. This
program provides health coverage for thousands of children in our state whose parents are not
offered health coverage through their job or who cannot afford the coverage they are offered.

[Continue]
We know that MIChild works. Because of these SCHIP programs in every state, millions of kids
nationwide can see doctors when they are ill, have access to medications, get regular check-ups
and be hospitalized if necessary.

As a community, we cannot stand by while this crucial safety net is at risk of being pulled out
from under thousands of Michigan families. I urge Michigan’s federal lawmakers to support
reauthorizing the SCHIP program and provide it with the necessary funds to continue its
success.

If our leaders don’t reauthorize and fund SCHIP appropriately, we are jeopardizing one of this
nation’s most important assets – the health and future of our children.

Sincerely,
[NAME]
[AFFILIATION]

								
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