Bentley asks feds to pay for children’s health insurance program

MONTGOMERY — In a letter recommending changes to the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Robert Bentley asked Congress to continue funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program and maintain the current funding increase the state has seen the last two years.

“Alabama has 150,000 people 18 and younger served by CHIP,” Bentley said. A reduction in the current federal increase would cost Alabama $90 million in fiscal 2018 alone, he said.

But Congress still needs to authorize any future federal spending for the program. Last month, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, which advises Congress, recommended five additional years of federal funding to preserve coverage for more than 8 million low- to moderate-income children.

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