December 16 2017

Congress Let A Program That Insures 9 Million Kids Expire This Weekend

December 16 2017, 04:54 | Van Peters

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Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Eligibility Requirements |

For the first time in two decades, the U.S. Congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expire.

Congress' failure to renew funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, could result in hundreds of thousands of children losing their health care in Virginia if no action is taken. That number includes more than 390,000 in Texas.

Highland said that while some states will immediately run out of funding, Iowa will not.

EW: The federal government requires the state to provide CHIP coverage to a certain segment of the population, whether or not the federal funding is actually there.

"Inaction by Congress so far has created a real threat to the stability of the infrastructure of health services for millions of Texans", Garcia said.

The federal government and the states have historically shared the cost of CHIP, with Washington paying approximately 70 percent of the cost in a typical state. As of 2015, that percentage had dropped to 4.5 percent.

There are bills pending in the U.S. House and Senate to reauthorize CHIP for the next five years.

Thousands of IL children are in risk of losing health insurance after congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program expire over the weekend.

With the Graham-Cassidy bill now tabled, lawmakers are once again focusing on CHIP.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged prompt funding of the Children's Helath Insurance Program on Tuesday. They have always done so in the past and the only difference this time is that Congress has an even more compelling reason to quickly rectify their misdeeds.

"CHIP is one of the few programs left in Congress that is considered truly bipartisan".

In a bill summary, House Republicans said some states could run out of money as soon as November.

Unless Congress acts to restore the funding, which, given this Congress's track record of moving legislation, is not reassuring. It helps cover needed health benefits like vaccinations and checkups for children whose families don't qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford private insurance. "These are kids from low-income families whose parents' work doesn't offer insurance, these are kids with special needs, these are kids with behavioral health problems".

By March 2018, it said, CHIP funds will be exhausted in 27 additional states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

In the interim, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reportedly have enough unspent dollars from the fiscal year just ending to hold KidsCare through this month and into November, she said. Even if the budget is passed, Trump's proposed budget recommends cutting at least 20 percent from CHIP funds.

However, Department of Human Services spokeswoman Kait Gillis said in an email that CHIP will be able to continue without disruption in Pennsylvania until February 2018. "Extending funding for CHIP has been a top priority of this committee, and I am pleased to see the committee advance this policy today", he said in a statement. The answer, put simply, is the Republican Congress' obsession with killing ObamaCare.

Wicker is a cosponsor of bipartisan Senate bill that would reauthorize funding for community health centers for the next five years.

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