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Advocacy is vital to the March of Dimes to advance the mission through public policies, programs and funding.

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Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) addresses a critical gap in health coverage for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to be able to afford private insurance. CHIP provides affordable, comprehensive health coverage to over 8 million children and 370,000 pregnant women. Now Congress must act to extend CHIP coverage beyond September 2015.

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Affordable Health Care Act

The Affordable Care Act sets new rules for how insurance companies offer health insurance. Some of these rules affect what health care services and providers an insurance company has to cover for women, children and families. Find out what this means for you.

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Newborn Screening

Nearly all of the more than 4 million infants born in the U.S. each year undergo newborn screening. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act extends federal programs that provide assistance to states to improve and expand their newborn screening programs, support parent and provider education, and ensure laboratory quality for newborn screening programs. The March of Dimes urges Congress to pass the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act.

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Congressional priorities

During the 113th Congress, the March of Dimes will advocate for access to health coverage (including Medicaid and CHIP) for pregnant women and children; sustained federal research to prevent prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality; and prevention and education programs that improve birth outcomes and promote maternal and child health.

Issues and priorities

The March of Dimes advocacy agenda focuses on public policies and programs that relate to the Foundation's Mission and on issues that pertain to tax-exempt organizations.

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