S.D. children's health insurance funds to run out in March

Thousands of South Dakota children that receive federal health insurance could be cut off next year if Congress doesn't vote to continue funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The date to reauthorize funding for the program, known as CHIP, came and went last month. And while it has bipartisan support in Congress, lawmakers have yet to agree on plans to extend the funding beyond this year.

In South Dakota, more than 16,000 low- and middle-income children and pregnant women rely on the program to obtain health care.

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CHIP worked. It's not too late for Congress to bring it back.

CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, is one of the best examples of a successful federal- and state-funded program that offers states flexibility and innovation, encourages personal responsibility and delivers significant medical and fiscal outcomes.

Yet Congress has missed the deadline to reauthorize CHIP, putting nearly 400,000 Texas children and pregnant women — and 9 million Americans overall — at risk.

CHIP has been highly successful in doing what it was created to do: cover children with access to care resulting in better health outcomes at lower costs. CHIP was born out of bipartisan legislation in 1997, when 25 percent of American children did not have health insurance; as of 2015, only 5 percent of American children remain uncovered.
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After concussion, teen girls may take longer to heal than boys

(Reuters Health) - Female adolescent athletes may take more than twice as long to recover from concussions as their male counterparts, a small study suggests.

Researchers examined data on 110 male and 102 female athletes, ranging in age from 11 to 18 years, who sustained their first concussion while participating in sports.

Half of the girls reported still having symptoms at least 28 days after sustaining a concussion, while half of the boys no longer had symptoms after 11 days, the study found.

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Congress' inaction could mean CHIP funding expires by January

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania could dry up as soon as January if Congress does not reauthorize spending for it.

Lawmakers missed the Sept. 30 deadline to fund the program, better known as CHIP, for children in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance.

CHIP has widespread, bipartisan support, and this funding step is routine enough that lawmakers could handle it in an afternoon, said Sen. Bob Casey during a roundtable talk Wednesday in a Moses Taylor Hospital board room.

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11 days and counting: Why hasn't Congress renewed health insurance program for 9 million children?

We know that Congress is just unimaginably busy right now, so perhaps it’s understandable that 11 days after funding for a crucial children’s healthcare program expired, the lawmakers still haven’t gotten around to restoring it.

We're talking about the Children's Health Insurance Program, a state-federal program serving 9 million children and their mothers. We reported earlier, as the Sept. 30 deadline for federal reauthorization of CHIP was closing in, that delay was placing state programs in dire jeopardy.

There's still no schedule for a vote on CHIP in either chamber on Capitol Hill.

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Children's Health Insurance Program is set to go bust

If you're waiting and wondering what the future holds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, the answer most likely depends on where you live.

CHIP is a popular, bipartisan program that provides a safety net for nearly 9 million kids in low- and mid-income families. It's the latest pawn in the Congressional wrangling over health care. Both the Senate and House are debating bills to reauthorize CHIP funding, and both are considering these bills after the Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorization has passed. 

"CHIP has always had bipartisan support since it started 20 years ago," said Jesse Cross-Call, senior policy analyst at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). "So it has really been a surprise that it's taking this long to get it funded. Congress has never blown past the deadline before, so we're in uncharted territory."

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Why parents who pay their kids for chores are getting it wrong

Eighty-three percent of parents who give their kids an allowance believe they should earn it by doing chores, according to an annual T. Rowe Price survey. Those parents are getting it wrong, if you believe a pile of parenting books going back a couple of decades that say an allowance should be for learning — not for earning.

For a recent one, there’s Ron Lieber’s “The Opposite of Spoiled” in which he argues that we shouldn’t give allowances in exchange for chores because one day our kids will decide they don’t need the money and refuse to do the work. “So allowance ought to stand on its own, not as a wage but as a teaching tool,” Lieber writes.

Then there’s “Positive Discipline A-Z,” the classic by Jane Nelsen. Nelsen, too, argues that allowances should be educational. “Chores are a separate issue and should not be connected to an allowance,” she writes.

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The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the likable, hard-working oldest sibling in a suburban North Carolina family — was the kind of teenager who handled things. Though he was not prone to boastfulness, the fact was he had never really failed at anything.

Not coincidentally, failure was one of Jake’s biggest fears. He worried about it privately; maybe he couldn’t keep up with his peers, maybe he wouldn’t succeed in life. The relentless drive to avoid such a fate seemed to come from deep inside him. He considered it a strength.

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Taking care of children is the responsibility of a great nation

Two hundred and fifty thousand children in Illinois receive access to medical care thanks to the Children's Health Insurance Program, commonly known as CHIP. Across the United States, the number of children grows to 8.9 million. For 20 years, CHIP has ensured that we are doing the right thing: taking care of the health and well-being of children. Taking care of children is the responsibility of every great nation. It defines who we are as a country.

In Illinois, thanks to a combination of CHIP (called All Kids in Illinois) and Medicaid, health insurance coverage for Illinois children has risen to an impressive 97 percent. Before CHIP, nearly 15 percent of children were uninsured in Illinois; now that number has fallen to 3 percent. That is remarkable and unprecedented. CHIP builds on the foundation of Medicaid and is designed to help working families with low to moderate incomes afford coverage for their children. These families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance without assistance. This program is an investment in these children's future. When children have access to health care, they have fewer sick days, do better in school, and are more likely to graduate and go to college.

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Mass. officials worry Children's Health Insurance Program funds at risk

BOSTON — Health care industry insiders, including Gov. Charlie Baker and elected officials on Beacon Hill, are beginning to fret over the future of a program that provides insurance coverage to about a quarter of children in Massachusetts, mostly on the federal government's dime.

"Developments over the next several months could have strong repercussions for Massachusetts children," the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, wrote in June in a 14-page report on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), concluding Massachusetts and other states would exhaust their current CHIP allocations by March 2018 unless Congress took action.

Congress is beginning to explore the issue but has not taken action, and federal authorization for the 20-year-old program expired Sept. 30. Last week, Gov. Baker outlined his views on the evolving situation in a letter to members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation.

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