Today the House of Representatives voted to attach to a budget bill multiple amendments that would prohibit funding for important health care reform provisions that benefit children and families.
Defunding health care reform would halt progress in enrolling at least 5 million children in health insurance and limit the ability of the federal government to protect patients, regulate premium increases, set up insurance exchanges and hold insurance companies accountable.
In addition, the budget bill contains deep cuts to federal programs that would impact the lives and health of America’s children, including a $210 million cut to the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, which supports state and local programs serving women, babies, children and children with special heath care needs, and a $747 million cut to the WIC program, which provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education to at-risk infant, children and pregnant women.
It’s crucial that children have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services. Let your legislator know that you don’t support legislation that jeopardizes the well-being of millions of America’s children.