Oregon Borrows from Medicaid as Congress Fiddles on Children's Health

Oregon Borrows from Medicaid as Congress Fiddles on Children's Health

Oregon Borrows from Medicaid as Congress Fiddles on Children's Health

The agency said another letter would come in January if the program was not renewed by then, and to let them know that their benefits are now unchanged.

Lost amid all the focus on sexual harassment, Roy Moore, and the presidential tweets of the day is the fact that the Children's Health Insurance Program will run out of money in February. State officials began reaching out to their families on Tuesday, notifying them that FAMIS could be terminated on January 31. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has said the program - which enjoys bipartisan support - will be funded, but he has said Congress is struggling to come up with money for it. Program advocates in the medical community, however, worry the program's funding is being used as a bargaining chip in larger debates over taxes and health care.

"There had been some allocation being done and a redistribution methodology from the federal government that they're pulling back some of my, our excess and then going to give us more dollars". There are 500,000 children on the program in these states. Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of the Children's Hospital Association says this can't wait any longer.

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Already, some states are sending our mailers to families saying their coverage may be affected. They need their vaccinations, physicals, preventative care, and they need parents who do not have to make a hard economic choice every time their child needs to see a doctor. He blames the failure to pass the funding extension on the dysfunction in Congress - a Congress he supposedly leads as one of the most senior members in the Senate. "They make too much to get Medicaid and they don't have jobs or earn enough to get the commercial insurance".

MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough conflated Hatch's description of those who "won't lift a finger" and rely on welfare with his comments about CHIP beneficiaries on Twitter. "The reason CHIP's having trouble is we don't have any money anymore", Sen. We had expected and still expect for that to continue through about the end of February.

Rep. Jenkins' letter pointed out that many states will exhaust their CHIP funds early next year, according to an analysis by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, and West Virginia's CHIP funding will last through March 2018.

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OR has already run out of federal money, and is borrowing from its Medicaid budget to ensure its 80,000 CHIP kids keep their coverage through April. The Senate Finance Committee also has approved a CHIP extension, but the bill hasn't yet been brought to the floor for a vote.

Nine million children could soon lose their health insurance.

The crisis on CHIP is a deeper one than just the immediate lapse of funds. That bill will include a concern that affects many West Virginians.

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