CHIP should not be a bargaining chip in Congress

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Congress allowed CHIP funding to expire September 30.

The report suggested it may be hard to accurately predict exactly when funding will run out because Congress has tinkered with the rules used to redistribute unspent money to states. By comparison, the tax overhaul passed in December is expected to add $1.8 trillion to the debt over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

CHIP provides insurance for almost 9 million low-income children across the nation.

"The new CBO score is great news because a major sticking point has been how to pay for CHIP", Tricia Brooks, a healthcare policy expert and former CHIP director for New Hampshire, told Business Insider. 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. The CHIP benefits allow him to continue his work as a civil rights attorney, providing free representation for people with disabilities. Funding for the program expired in September, though Congress approved a short-term spending package in December. Ed Markey tweeted on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a House health-care committee gave the nod to a bill (HB 293), which would create a 12-member KidCare Operational Efficiency and Health Care Improvement Workgroup.

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When Marina Natali's younger son broke his arm ice-skating previous year, she did not have to worry about paying: CHIP footed all of his medical bills.

"This uncertainty and the ongoing inaction by Congress increases the likelihood that states will take action to prepare families for the worst".

"Like the CHIP Program, Community Health Centers have enjoyed long bipartisan support for the high-quality care that they provide our families".

The American Academy of Pediatrics will hold a conference call Friday to urge Congress to pass long-term funding for CHIP. So, if Congress doesn't fully fund CHIP, Ohio's percentage share of CHIP costs would rise steeply. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage". As it happens, that estimate only included seven years of funding, for reasons I couldn't quite figure out. "Funding is still set to run out as early as January 19 in some states".