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The Fiscal Cliff: What Does it Mean for Children?

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The elections are behind us, but Congress still has important work to finish this year.  Unless lawmakers act, the country will face what is being referred to as the "fiscal cliff", an unprecedented combination of across-the-board tax increases and major budget cuts. Over the next several weeks, difficult decisions will have to be made regarding federal budget priorities in order to enact a more moderate substitute plan to replace the severe, automatic cuts currently scheduled to take place at the start of the year.

Ultimately, Congress's choices will determine the fate of programs and initiatives that address the many needs of children in this country. Among the programs whose funding could be reduced are those critical to child health: Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program, and pieces of the Affordable Care Act.

More than ever, it is important that Members of Congress hear from their constituents that investing in the child health safety net should be a priority. There are no do-overs for childhood, and cuts to child health programs and initiatives could have repercussions that last a lifetime.

We ask that you write your lawmaker NOW to let them know that you will be closely watching their actions regarding the fiscal cliff. Tell them that children are our nation's most valuable resource and should be our first priority.   Click here to make your voice heard!

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