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Medicaid provides health coverage to 76 million low-income Americans; CHIP covers more than 6 million children; Medicare covers 58 million mostly older Americans; and the Affordable Care Act has helped roughly 20 million uninsured Americans obtain quality, affordable coverage.

We work to ensure that these programs provide coverage that meets the needs of low-income children and families, seniors, and people with disabilities. We also work to ensure that proposals that would affect these programs do not slash benefits for, or impose costs on, the nation’s most vulnerable people.