CHIP should not be a bargaining chip in Congress

Jeannette Daniel
January 14, 2018

CHIP funding was allowed to expire on September 30, 2017 and, despite the fact that the program has bipartisan support, it still has not been renewed.

In November, the U.S. House passed a bill that Republican leaders said would provide a five-year extension to the CHIP program. Texas has enough funding to cover its costs until the end of March, but the looming deadline has many families anxious about their long-term health care needs. 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.

A new Congressional Budget Office report shows that extending the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, rather than the proposed five, would save the federal government $6 billion.

Meanwhile, the almost $3 billion for CHIP that Congress passed in December could run out in just a few weeks.

Had that accident happened this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling. "However, due to a number of variables relating to state expenditure rates and reporting, we are unable to say with certainty whether there is enough funding for every state to continue its CHIP program through March 31, 2018". "I have said from day one that my first priority when I arrived in Washington would be to protect the 150,000 Alabama children - and the nine million more across the nation - who depend on CHIP for their healthcare".

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A few states, including Louisiana and Colorado, plan to use state funds to make up for the lack of federal funding.

Dr. Todd Wolynn, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, said families are reacting with "fear and disbelief" to CHIP's uncertain future.

"Americans are exhausted of waiting on their government to do the right thing - lives are depending on it. Let's end this waiting game and #FundCHIPNow", U.S. Sen. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage". However long an extension they land on, lawmakers said, all signs point that CHIP will at the very least get funded in the January 19 continuing budget resolution that Congress needs to pass to avert a government shutdown.

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

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill.

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