Since 1997, the federal government has been providing match funding to states to provide health coverage for low-income and families through the federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). While CHIP was recently reauthorized by Congress through 2019, CHIP funding is set to expire on September 30, 2015.

United Ways throughout the state are advocating for renewal by meeting with Congressional representatives (over 20 such meetings to date). In one of those meetings, Rep. Lofgren (D-19th District, San Jose) suggested that United Way present on the importance of CHIP renewal funding to the California Congressional Democratic Delegation this November. (The briefing for the California Congressional Democratic Delegation is scheduled for November 19.) United Ways of California is grateful for all our supporters who have advocated for CHIP funding and we look forward to this important advocacy work in the coming year.

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United Way leaders meet with Congressman Jeff Denham (CD 10) on October 22 to discuss CHIP renewal funding. From left to right: Susan Good (United Way Regional Advocacy Coordinator), Congressman Jeff Denham, Rob Rucker (Congressman Rucker's District Director) and Francine DiCiano (United Way of Stanislaus County). Photo provided by Susan Good.