From the Children’s Defense Fund:
In this season of thanks, we’d like to take the time to thank you for all that you’ve done over the past year to give a strong and unwavering voice to children in America. Your e-mails, calls and letters to your Senators and Representatives and attendance at our recent Champions for Children’s Health Stroller Brigades (http://www.childrensdefense.org/helping-americas-children/childrens-health/health-coverage-for-all-children-campaign/stroller-brigade/) have helped send a clear and steady message to Congress that children should be better off, not worse off, after health reform.
This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, we hope you enjoy time with your friends and family. We also ask that you use this season to spread the word about the need for real child health reform as Congress finalizes its health reform legislation. Sharing information about protecting children in health reform and encouraging others to contact their Members of Congress will help amplify our voice for children so their needs can be addressed. We’ve made it easy for you with our downloadable holiday placemat discussion guide! (http://www.childrensdefense.org/helping-americas-children/childrens-health/health-coverage-for-all-children-campaign/child-health-reform-holiday-discussion-guide.html) Just put this discussion guide under your Thanksgiving dinner plate as a convenient reference for dinner table conversation.
Rest up over Thanksgiving, because December will be a busy month! As our recent Legislative Update (http://www.childrensdefense.org/helping-americas-children/childrens-health/health-coverage-for-all-children-campaign/health-reform-legislative-update.html) explains, after Thanksgiving, the Senate will begin consideration of its health reform bill and the debate could last until Christmas or beyond. We’ll be looking for your help to reach our goal of preventing the repeal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2013, as the House health reform bill would do, which would mean the movement of as many as 10 million children to a new, untested and more expensive Health Insurance Exchange where parents of children in CHIP will end up paying more for fewer benefits for their children. Instead, in the Senate we must fully fund and strengthen CHIP through 2019. We’ll be back in contact with you right after Thanksgiving to let you know how you can help protect children in health reform!