CHIP should get a long-term funding extension

CHIP should get a long-term funding extension

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island, says Republicans in Congress are prioritizing tax breaks for the wealthy over health insurance for children.

Markey says more than 170,000 children in MA are covered by CHIP, which expired in September.

Kimmel then laid out the cold hard truth of why Republicans in Congress have not acted yet to help the children who rely on CHIP: "I don't know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children".

Because each state designs its own CHIP program, Tennessee administers a combination CHIP program that includes a separate CHIP program, called CoverKids, for children with a household income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

"We're closely monitoring congressional efforts to reauthorize the program and are hopeful that it will be extended prior to the exhaustion of our current allotment", said Carrie Williams, chief press officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

States have been using unspent CHIP funding to keep the program afloat, but 16 states expect that money to run out by January.

Federal officials are predicting Tennessee, and 26 other states, won't actually exhaust all its CHIP funding until sometime during the second quarter of 2018, but nevertheless, people are beginning to get anxious.

The program cost the federal government about $13.6 billion in 2016. "Both sides of the aisle agree CHIP is a vital program that benefits countless Virginia families and so folks back home can rest assured and know we are committed to fully funding and reauthorizing it in the future", said the letter, also endorsed by Virginia Reps. If the program is not renewed, HHSC will also send all children receiving CHIP to the Marketplace via an account transfer. Roughly 3,000 of those children may receive care through CHIP, said Dr. Elisa Nicholas, the clinic's chief executive.

McLane Children's has a charity arm that can pick up some of the cost, he said.

It has been extremely successful in significantly reducing the number of children without health insurance coverage. States also contribute a portion to the program - past year NY allocated $156 million to the program, known in the state as Children's Health Plus.

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In the last two fiscal years, FAMIS has paid for 218,190 immunizations and 221,309 well-child checkups, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

CHIP covers about 27,000 Missouri kids each month and about 88,000 at some point each year.

Texas sign-up fees range from $0 to $50 a year for all the children in the family.

In Pennsylvania, a family of four with an income of up to $51,168 can receive free CHIP insurance for their children, while a family of four with an income of up to $77,244 qualifies for low-priced CHIP insurance, according to the state Department of Human Services.

The funding cycle for the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, actually ended September 30, and so far, Democrats and Republicans are in disagreement over the method of extending CHIP's funding. "Unfortunately, this legislation has been held up by the Senate".

Money for CHIP at the state level has not been budgeted, state Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple, said. It has been credited with reducing the number of uninsured Americans under the age of 19 from 14 percent at the program's inception to 4.7 percent past year, according to federal figures.

It, of course, comes down to money and politics.

It's been said that if this issue is forced down to the state, dealing with it might require a special legislative session, Shine said.

There may be debates about coverage for other individuals, but this is about children and pregnant women, so I have some modicum of confidence that Congress will do the right thing, and there's good conversations in Congress right now about the CHIP program. It provided coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as to pregnant women.

Republicans in the House are seeking to pay for the extension of CHIP, which costs $15.6 billion annually, by cutting from other health spending, including public health.


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