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We Are Worried About CHIP
Program of the Month

 

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which covers over 9 million children, expired on September 30, 2017.  The program provides critical health coverage for low-income children in working families with income too high (200% of poverty) to qualify for Medicaid.  It also provides health coverage for over 370,000 pregnant women a year.

If Congress does not move quickly to extend CHIP, millions of children could face disruptions in coverage.  The cost of CHIP is shared between the Federal and state governments.  States are allowed to use any leftover funds, which for some states mean they can make it until December, but others are already depleted, while others can make until the spring.

CHIP has allowed over 95% of children to be covered in the US.  CHIP has generally received strong bipartisan support.  This is a good opportunity for two parties to find common ground in the healthcare debate.  There is still no scheduled vote in Congress at this time.  For the sake of so many children, we hope that Congress will move quickly to renew this important program to provide stability to so many American families.

This October our Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) Program is on a pink campaign! The CEED program is funded by the NJ Department of Health and the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate.  You may see pink ribbons tied around the NORWESCAP service area to bring awareness to the fact that according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime in the United States.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.  Men also are diagnosed with breast cancer, but breast cancer occurs 100 times more often in men than women. The CEED program is trying to increase the rates of survival by offering free breast cancer screening and other cancer screenings to low income and uninsured individuals.

There is a lot that is unknown about breast cancer but what most agree on is that mammograms and diagnostic breast care services are critical.  The CEED program provides these services for free to eligible individuals.  So, before you get too "pinked" out by seeing pink everywhere this month, remember that free services are available and how important it is to receive routine breast cancer screenings. 

Contact our program at (908)387-9888 if you have any questions about breast cancer or other screening services and we ask that you find something pink this month and wear it to bring awareness to breast cancer because while breast cancer is not preventable, early diagnosis can save lives. You can also designate your donation to the CEED program as we work to lower risk factors and increase screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and at-risk individuals. 


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