After over 100 days of lapsed funding, Congress signed a Continuing Resolution funding CHIP for six years, but a February 8th deadline looms to keep the federal government operating. In Springfield, Governor Rauner's State of the State sets the stage for 2018 Read EverThrive IL's full State and Federal policy re-cap.
Call Congress NOW at (202) 224 - 3121 and demand they stop using children's health care as a bargaining chip!
After over one hundred days without a budget and continued funding for vital health programs, Congress has failed to do either, and instead is using CHIP as a bargaining tool pitting children's health against DREAMers. Last night, the House passed a short term extension that left many essential programs without any long term solution. Today we wait for the Senate to act to avert a federal government shutdown.
As the Illinois State House begins its spring legislative session on January 23, and the Illinois General Assembly begins to shape next year's budget, EverThrive IL continues to push for sustainable, adequate funding for the critical services children and families need to thrive. At the federal level, a new tax bill passed by Congress in late 2017 is beginning to take shape in Illinois as we mark 100 days since CHIP Funding has expired.
EverThrive IL strongly opposes further budget cuts in the current fiscal year (FY18) and next fiscal year (FY19) as the Illinois health and human service sectors have been cut to the bone over the past decade, leading to instability in Illinois' safety-net, job loss, and lost human potential. We continue to call on the Rauner administration and the general assembly to work together to identify revenue solutions and other ways that allow Illinois to invest in the health of its children, women and families.