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Sen. Ragan: Let’s continue children’s health insurance

MASON CITY – Democratic Iowa Senator Amanda Ragan is calling on citizens to demand that their federal legislators continue a children’s insurance program.

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program is set to expire at the end of September. Ragan said Friday in a bulletin.

“I am calling on the U.S. Congress to reauthorize it, and encourage you to join me,” she said.

Senator Amanda Ragan

“The money Iowa gets from the Children’s Health Insurance Program goes to Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa, or Hawk-I. Hawk-I ensures low-income families get health care for their children so that they grow up healthy and ready to succeed. It is an investment in our kids and Iowa’s future,” she continued.

“Since 1999, Hawk-I has provided good care while being cost effective. Iowa offers Hawk-I health coverage for uninsured children of working families. Families that qualify for Hawk-I contribute to their health care costs on a sliding scale, based on their income. With Hawk-I, kids can go to the doctor, get immunizations and fill prescriptions.

“Thousands of Iowa children benefit from Hawk-I, including 450 in Butler County, 982 in Cerro Gordo County and 300 in Franklin County. Without it, many families will be forced to make impossible choices that could mean their kids don’t get critical health care when they it.

“The Children’s Health Insurance Program has won bipartisan support in Congress for 20 years as a way to keep kids healthy. Join me in encouraging our U.S. Congressman and Senators to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years.”

Contact your federal rep’s here:

  • Rep. Steve King, (202) 225-4426. Rep. King voted “no” on CHIP reauthorization in 2015.
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley, (202) 224-3744. Sen. Grassley voted “yes” on CHIP reauthorization in 2015.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst, (202) 224-3254. Sen. Ernst voted “yes” on CHIP reauthorization in 2015.
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