Earlier this week, President Trump signed into law a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This extension will ensure access to a range of pediatric services — from preventative visits to life-saving treatments — for millions of children in working families.
With over 22,000 messages sent to Congress regarding the extension, the importance of CHIP to the millions of children and their families was heard loud and clear. Thanks to your unrelenting, yet patient outreach, American children will continue to have access to secure and affordable health care.
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Providers of medical care are once again bracing for the loss of federal funding under the Children’s Health Insurance Program with the Republican-led Congress still unable to come up with a plan to fund it beyond March of this year.
A new report last week indicates more than 20 states face CHIP funding shortfalls if Congress doesn’t act this month. And that’s beginning to worry hospitals and doctors who see a loss of 9 million children from low-income families who gain coverage from CHIP.
“If Congress fails to approve long-term funding for CHIP in January, nearly 1.7 million children in separate CHIP programs in 21 states with shortfalls in March 2018 could lose coverage by the end of February 2018,” Georgetown University Center for Children and Families researchers wrote in a new update on CHIP.
Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children's Health Insurance Program despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.
The $2.85 billion was supposed to fund states' CHIP programs through March 31. But some states will start running out of money after Jan. 19, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS did not say which states are likely to be affected first.
FAIRBANKS — Permanent funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal program providing health insurance for children in lower income families, ran out in September. Since then, Congress has been struggling to find a fix as the health coverage of nearly 9 million children across the country hangs in the balance.
Through a temporary spending bill in December, Congress funded CHIP through the end of March. When this funding runs out, the issue will need to be addressed again, either in the form of permanent funding or another temporary spending bill.
Alaska’s congressional delegation recently expressed unanimous support for the program and is pushing for a permanent solution.
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has a proven track record of providing high-quality, cost-effective coverage for low-income children and pregnant women in working families.
With single party control, the 115th Congress continues to threaten economic stability and health of virtually every American with vast, far-reaching legislation.
In recent months, Congress proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal to take away health care from millions of American, tax cuts for the wealthy, and immigration policy — to say nothing of its failure to act as an oversight authority on the White House’s racially motivated executive orders and possible collusion.
“The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger?” New York Times Editorial Board 12/5/2017
While the U.S. Senate has been focused on tax reform, they turned a blind eye toward millions of kids who are at risk of losing their health coverage soon. It’s been more than two months since funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired.
This winter, many U.S. states will run short on money for continuing health coverage for these low-income children in working families. Senators must not leave kids and their families out in the cold this holiday season!
Noble, 6 years old, is described as “an old soul,” and a patient child that displays great joy. Since birth, Noble has always done his best and tried his hardest to overcome all the difficult things life has tossed his way. At just 3 days old, Noble was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) after being taken to the neonatal intensive care unit.
His mom, Crystal, describes how she and his dad, Jameson, were “devastated” when they were told of the diagnosis.
The fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act may have strained Congress’s ability to work in a bipartisan manner on most health care legislation, but the two sides will need to come together to renew funding for a program that provides health insurance for children or else risk leaving 1 million kids without coverage.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has had bipartisan support in the past, covers low- and moderate-income children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The program’s funding expires Sept. 30, and states are beginning to get nervous about whether there will be continued resources for the program.
“If they fail to authorize [the funding], it’s a seismic event that just hurts children,” said Dan Mendelson, president at Avalere Health. But he added that Congress is likely to renew spending for CHIP because there are no good alternatives. “It’s hard to envision a work-around for most states,” he said.
The summer months are special to children for many reasons, and this summer is no different. As mercury levels are at their peak, we celebrate the anniversaries of two very important programs that have had a lasting positive impact on millions of children. In July we celebrated the 52nd birthday of Medicaid, and this month we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Medicaid and CHIP combined provide health insurance coverage to over 36 million children in the United States.
CHIP will officially turn the big 2-0 on Saturday, Aug. 5. Since its enactment, CHIP, along with Medicaid, has helped shrink the number of uninsured children by a whopping 68 percent. CHIP’s funding is set to expire in less than two months, and all the progress that has been made may come undone if Congress doesn’t act soon.