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Call your Senators Now! Tell them to #ProtectMedicaid and #KeepKidsCovered
Keep the Pressure On! Thanks to all the calls, tweets, emails and resistance, Senate Republican Leadership postponed action on their health care bill until after the July 4th recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not have the votes needed to even move forward the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), let alone pass it. But Republican leaders still plan to hold a vote after the recess, so the fight to protect Medicaid and keep kids covered isn’t over yet! We must continue to keep the pressure on and remind the Senate just how devastating the BCRA would be for children and families. The BCRA would rip away health coverage from 22 million Americans and leave millions paying more for less. It would end Medicaid as we know it and restrict health coverage for children and adults with pre-existing conditions — all to pay for a giant tax cut for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Thirty-seven million children rely on Medicaid, including 40 percent of all children with special health care needs, and more than 40 percent of all births are covered by Medicaid. They would all be harmed by the radical changes in the BCRA. While your Senators are back home tell them the BCRA cannot be fixed and urge them to step up to #ProtectMedicaid and #KeepKidsCovered!
For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.
The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.
Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
The Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI), organizes grassroots women in the impoverished, former plantation areas of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to incubate businesses, build networks of leaders and advocate for public policies that help families and communities.
Founded in 2001, administered by CDF-SRO and financed by private foundations and individual donations, SRBWI has convened more than 1,000 women in 77 persistently poor counties to collaborate in creating and pursuing solutions to poverty and injustice, increasing control over their own lives and participating in economic development activities. Learn more.
Child poverty is not an abstract problem, it's real for too many children in America. They face challenges no children in the richest nation on earth should have to face. Listen and share their stories. Together we will #EndChildPoverty. Here's how.
CDF Freedom Schools! Since 1995, more than 15,000 college students have been trained to deliver the program through multicultural and multiracial integrated reading curriculum to more than 135,000 children. Learn more.