Bennet, Gardner cosponsor bill to extend and improve CHIP

Bennet, Gardner cosponsor bill to extend and improve CHIP

Monday, on the nation's 88th Child Health Day, Congress is reflecting on its failure to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, which technically expired Friday amid House attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Without reauthorization, providers are anxious millions of children will lose access to care. Furthermore, this decision by Congress also spells budget trouble for our state in 2018, as our General Assembly assumed continued federal funding for CHIP in the most recent state budget and failed to take seriously proposed federal budget cuts.

But for a lot of children who access coverage under CHIP, the question will really be to the state of whether or not they can afford to continue that coverage, and those costs will be quite significant to the state.

The Affordable Care Act requires a maintenance of effort to cover those children through 2019, which means they would continue to be covered through Medicaid if the CHIP program were allowed to expire before then. Between 1997 (when the law was passed) and 2015, the rate of uninsured kids fell from 13.9 percent to 4.5 percent, according to a government report released earlier this year.

But officials with the state's Medicaid office said the situation with KidsCare is "not dire" yet, noting that the state has sufficient funds to carry the programs through December, by which time Congress is expected to have renewed CHIP.

Thousands of IL children are in risk of losing health insurance after congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program expire over the weekend. As hospitals in my district face closure and Alabama families struggle to pay for doctor visits, I am calling on Republican leadership to hold a vote now reauthorizing CHIP and protecting DSH payments. Thousands of children and expectant mothers in our state got access, many for the first time, to everything from checkups and healthy care to treatments for chronic asthma and cancer. But that trend is likely to reverse quickly unless Congress reauthorizes funding. "Congress needs to act now and do the right thing", Gov. Wolf said. If funding disappears, the center's 14 employees will need to start looking elsewhere for work, he said, potentially leaving patients with no other options for primary care. It was originally co-sponsored by [Utah Senator Orrin] Hatch, a Republican, and the late [Massachusetts Senator] Ted Kennedy", the New Republic explains, adding, "M$3 ost Democrats and Republicans agree that the program is a successful one.

CHIP, which has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, helps lower- and middle-income families that otherwise earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid.

"There is a lot to celebrate in Arizona in terms of children's health coverage", she said.

That change alone, he said, would boost state spending by $10 to $15 million.

Children's advocates and state officials have been pressing Congress to quickly renew funding for the children's health program.

The Senate CHIP bill, negotiated by Republican Sen.

That leaves Minnesota, which has already exhausted its $115 million CHIP dollars for the year, in dire straits.

The media is paying attention, even if the Congress is not. "A total of 32 states project they will exhaust federal funds as of the end of March 2018".