Governor Rick Perry has stated he is not in support of the CHIP expansion (buy-in) bill that would provide insurance for 80,000 uninsured Texas children, including those like our KayTar who are considered uninsurable and fall through the cracks of the for-profit insurance industry. If the bill makes it to his desk, there are major concerns that it will be vetoed based on what he has said. This bill has had strong bipartisan support, as well as strong support from the business community in Texas, and should not be facing a veto at the hands of the governor.
If you live in Texas and want to help, here is what you can do:
-Contact Rick Perry's office by email and/or by telephone (800) 252-9600 and say "I and the majority of Texans DO support CHIP"
-Contact Speaker Straus by email and/or telephone (888)327-2086
-Contact your local representative (you can find out who your representative is here)
***There has been a change, the amendment I mentioned was voted off, so when you call your Rep and the Speaker, say, "Pass CHIP buy-in. A clear vehicle already exists in SB 841 and HB 2962."****
All kids in Texas deserve access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare, regardless of their health status or income, let's remind our legislators of this.
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