Legislators say they are close to CHIP deal

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

In a bipartisan appeal on behalf of the National Governors Association, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of MA and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown of OR called on Congress - after it allowed CHIP and community health center funding to lapse a year ago - to consider the "urgent needs of states and families" by restoring money.

Jones became the 24 co-sponsor of the bill, the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017.

"It really seems to be the impact of our fragmented health care system", said Ashish Thakar, the study's lead author. The program that covers 8 million low-income children became a political football in inter-party negotiations over immigration and spending caps.

All five members of West Virginia's congressional delegation have said they support CHIP funding.

About 1.7 million children in 20 states and the District of Columbia could be at risk of losing their CHIP coverage in February because of the shortfall, according to a report Wednesday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. "To let our Congress people know that it's time that the program is renewed and that we're standing up for children and families in our city", said Dr. "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".

Before the short-term funding was passed in late December, CHIP programs survived on the states' unspent funds and a $3 billion redistribution pool of CHIP dollars controlled by CMS.

Each state administers its own version of CHIP, the program through which a federal match provides health insurance for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicare but who can not afford health insurance. "We can show our commitment to increasing access to treatment by reauthorizing the National Health Service Corps program, that expired in September".

State officials submitted a request with the federal government on November 16 for an extra $90 million to support CHIP in the state until February. House Energy and Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said publicly on Thursday he wants six years as the committee's Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) griped about the so-called pay-fors that offset the cost of funding CHIP. the provisions in the previous GOP-led package targeted the grace period for Affordable Care Act enrollees as well as the ACA prevention fund. But federal officials miscalculated. (It's a five-year funding bill.) But no matter.

In his 35 years of practice, Patel, of San Antonio, has seen the lengths to which parents will go for their critically ill children. She can't afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP". "They seem so cavalier about it", she said.

Keeping kids healthy should be a top priority, he said.