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An online APHA action alert calls for Congress to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program through at least 2019.
Since it was created more than 10 years ago," the President added, "the Children's Health Insurance Program has been a lifeline for millions of kids whose parents work full time, and don't qualify for Medicaid, but through no fault of their own don't--and can't afford--private insurance.
I write today to express my strong opposition to the recent, sudden rule changes to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Over the past few years, several states have increased or begun charging out-of-pocket expenses for Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and other public health programs that help many Americans without private health insurance pay for medical care and treatment.
Parents enroll their children in the government's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) because their own employers do not provide their families with adequate health coverage.
One successful solution in recent years has been the expansion of health coverage for children through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
On top of those initiatives, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is advocating that states have greater flexibility to pay the employee premium for those eligible for Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program as an alternative to enrolling them in public programs, and that SCHIP be expanded to cover everyone with incomes at or below the federal poverty levels.
Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provide medical benefits for low-income children under the age of 19.
Finally, there is a proposal to dismantle Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and ``merge'' the programs into one to be managed by individual states.

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