CHIP Re-authorization

 

The deadline to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was September 30, 2017. However, Congress can still act to extend federal funding, but they must act soon. Your congressional delegates need to hear from you about how important CHIP is for your patients.

 

Resources
  • Download the AAP's updated advocacy toolkit here (pdf).

  • Center for Children and Families' blog, "What Every Policy Maker Needs to Know about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – A Refresher"

  • Center for Children and Families has an overview of CHIP

  • Center for Children and Families' updated fact sheet about CHIP coverage in New Mexico (2 pages; pdf)

  • Learn more about advocacy here

  • Find out who represents you in Washington and how to contact them here

 

Home Visiting

 

Research shows that what a child experiences in their first few years of life makes a big difference in how their brain will develop and how they will interact with the world throughout their life. Parenting requires support and children do not come with an instruction manual.

 

Home visiting programs in New Mexico:
  • offer parents support;

  • are totally voluntary;

  • teach new parents the skills they need to be better parents;

  • increase the number of parents who are reading to their child

  • have been proven to have a positive effect on parenting outcomes;

  • connect vulnerable families with existing community resources;

  • increase self-sufficiency, including education and job training through goal setting; and

  • can reduce future costs and save taxpayers' money.

 

How do we know that home visiting programs in NM are effective?

Thanks to Governor Susana Martinez and the NM Legislature, NM statutorily requires accountability for all home visiting programs. Home visiting programs are required to submit a report to the Governor and Legislature every year. Performance outcomes areas are codified in NM state law. Here is the NM Home Visiting Annual Outcomes Report FY 15 (January 2016; pdf)

 

Resources

 

Behavioral Health

 

Resources
  • Infographic (2015; pdf)

  • Sample Letter to Legislator that you can adapt and send (Word doc) (Note: Newspapers have different word count limits, so you need to adjust accordingly. Links to some NM newspapers submission requirements are here.)

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