Legislators say they are close to CHIP deal


Lawmakers from both parties said they're nearing a deal on CHIP

In December, Congress provided $2.85 billion to temporarily fund the program. For months now, negotiations in Congress have stalled over how to pay for the program that covers 9 million low- and middle-income children.

By now perhaps you've heard that Republicans in Congress are denying health care to poor children, because what else would those robber barons do? Together, Medicaid and CHIP cover about 45 percent of all children in the state.

"Meanwhile, families in Alabama found a notice on the Department of Public Health's website saying that it would freeze enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program on the first of the year, and they would not renew any coverage after that date", Kennedy wrote.

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Extending the Children's Health Insurance Program's budget for an additional decade would save the federal government $6 billion, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

Though Texas has enough funding to last three more months, other states' programs are not guaranteed the same amount of time with money from the short-term spending bill, said Johnathan Monroe, a spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (It's a five-year funding bill.) But no matter.

In his 35 years of practice, Patel, of San Antonio, has seen the lengths to which parents will go to care for their critically ill children. But that is a drastic step, since the federal government pays on average almost 90 percent of CHIP costs.

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The CBO based its report on a Senate Bill to extend CHIP funding for five years.

Essentially, killing the mandate dramatically raises premiums in Obamacare's individual market, which is where millions of low-income families now enrolled in CHIP would have to turn were the program to disappear. Most states can not afford to make up the difference and will have to freeze enrollment or terminate coverage when their federal funding runs out.

According to the CBO, by removing the individual insurance mandate put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of buying coverage in insurance marketplaces will increase. But officials say some states could start running out of money as early as next week.

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"It's creating a lot of anxiety about not having insurance and the kids getting sick", she said. I have long supported the CHIP program. So, if Congress doesn't fully fund CHIP, Ohio's percentage share of CHIP costs would rise steeply. "He is working day and night with Chairman Hatch to secure a long-term funding extension for this key lifeline for kids and families across the country".

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