CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Restore long-term funding for children's health programs

Even more worrying, after partisan squabbles allowed the program to lapse September 30, is that "it's unclear how long [that funding] will actually allow all states to continue operating their CHIP programs", warns the National Academy for State Health Policy. Orrin Hatch, who heads the Senate's Finance Committee, CBO Director Keith Hall said that a five-year extension of CHIP would cost the government $800 million over a 10-year period. "It is long past time to renew CHIP and I'm proud to join my colleagues who are fighting for the children who depend on it".

A press conference was held Thursday at the Kanawha City Health Center in Charleston where health care advocates discussed the benefits of CHIP and the importance of continuing to serve the almost 21,000 West Virginia children who depend on the coverage. "It's going to happen", said U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), former chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Three months is unacceptable; we need to create stability and reliability for our children by reauthorizing this program for years to come. A second analysis, released publicly on Thursday, projects $6 billion in savings if Congress funds the program for 10 years.

If that accident happened later this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling. "We have 2.6 million children who are enrolled in the Florida KidCare program, including the Medicaid (children)". She can not afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay.

Since a September deadline passed without CHIP reauthorization by Congress, funding in MA has included a combination of fiscal 2017 carry-over funds and "redistribution funding" from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the Baker administration.

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Before the latest cash infusion, several states sent letters to parents warning that the program was in jeopardy absent congressional action. These low-income families need assurance CHIP payments will be there in the future.

While members of Congress on both sides of the aisle insist that CHIP must be reauthorized, GOP leaders have yet to even schedule a vote, and the program has been stuck in limbo for months amid disagreements about how to pay for it. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage". "They might not have a family physician, or a clear support system".

If CHIP gets canceled by the state, she likely won't bring Javier, 2, for his two-year checkup if nothing seems wrong.

"Families across America had to start 2018 anxious that their kids wouldn't have health care", she tweeted.



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