Social Media Days of Action March 15th-18th- #KeepKidsCoveredVA
Help us amplify the message that we must preserve health insurance coverage for the 95% of Virginia children that have it today. We ask you to take part in a #KeepKidsCoveredVA Week of Action! We will repost social media with the hashtag #KeepKidsCoveredVA on our Facebook page on the “Protect Kids Care” Day of Action, Saturday, March 18th.
Step 1: Download our poster to complete the thought “Without health insurance coverage…”
Step 2: Take a photo of your friends, family, health care provider or favorite kiddos with the poster and your statement.
Step 3: Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #KeepKidsCoveredVA between now and Saturday, March 18th
You can also post or tweet without a picture and just the message “Without health insurance coverage….” #KeepKidsCoveredVA
Visit our KIDS COUNT Data Center for the number and percentage of uninsured children in your locality.
Here are our key take-aways for how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will impact children and families…
- The 600,000 children covered by Medicaid and FAMIS in Virginia could face changes to their eligibility or benefits, leaving kids without access to dental and mental health, and specialty services.
- To make up for proposed cuts to Medicaid, states could have to choose which populations deserve coverage — low-income children, pregnant women, foster care children and former foster youth, the elderly, and disabled children and adults. Approximately half of Medicaid enrollees in Virginia are children.
- Taking away health insurance from children could impact their long-term health outcomes and well-being. If children are not covered they do not get their immunizations, preventive check-ups, or dental care which allow kids the opportunity to grow up healthy and to thrive in school and work.
- Children with disabilities could be especially impacted if their coverage is threatened and our Medicaid program could not afford to cover waivers or specialty care services.
- Many low and moderate-income working families who received marketplace subsidies or tax credits would have to pay more or go without coverage.
- Children’s health services providers, such as pediatricians and hospitals, rely on Medicaid funding to stay in business and offer critical health care services.
- Low-income pregnant women may lose coverage options, meaning they wouldn’t have access to prenatal care.
You can read more about how the AHCA proposals impact children on our blog.
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