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House and Senate Will Mark Up CHIP Reauthorization Tomorrow

House and Senate Will Mark Up CHIP Reauthorization Tomorrow

The program - called "Healthy Steps" in North Dakota - is available for children who are in households that may not qualify for Medicaid, but where the family can't afford to buy health insurance.

Congress' failure to renew funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, could result in hundreds of thousands of children losing their health care in Virginia if no action is taken. The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization, estimates 10 states will run out of money later this year, including Minnesota, Arizona and the District of Columbia. State officials have begun sending out notifications letting CHIP enrollees know that their coverage has lapsed.

Joe Dorman, CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, said Oklahoma's $215 million budget gap makes it more likely children will lose services. Over the past several decades, the program has helped the uninsured rate for children to plummet, from 14 percent in 1997 to less than 5 percent in 2015.

The Senate Finance Committee is holding a CHIP bill markup on Wednesday, but states have already been bracing for the worst and some may have to shut down their children's health program until funding is received. "I still remain hopeful that they will indeed reauthorize CHIP". South Plains Food Bank CEO David Weaver estimated the end of the program could affect up to 400,000 children living in Texas.

Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation have said they support extending CHIP, but some Oklahomans are concerned the program, which usually has bipartisan support, could become a casualty of Congress' jam-packed fall calendar. A few locales are expected to run out of money quickly - locally, Washington, D.C., is in that category - but most will be able to keep their programs going into the next calendar year. And the Minnesota Family Investment Program, which requires low-income parents to work in return for cash and food assistance, hasn't seen a cap increase since 1986.

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CHIP allotted $25.5 billion in coverage nationwide from 2015 to 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, insuring children who do not qualify for Medicaid but in families that can not afford private insurance. "Congress has been talking all year about taking away health coverage from families, so if a family gets a notice that says, 'Your coverage may be taken away, ' there are many reasons for them to think it's a strong possibility".

About $165 million in CHIP funding was spent on Medicaid recipients a year ago; $198 million was spent on children in All Kids, according to the Medicaid office. "A total of 32 states project they will exhaust federal funds as of the end of March 2018". "But the idea it just slips through the cracks and they don't re-up the federal funding is really scary".

That gambit succeeded, as the House attached the amendment and approved the bill with 38 votes: 15 of the 36 Republicans joined with all 24 Democrats to override the GOP leaders.

Most states are doing little except reaching into their unspent federal funds.

CHIP, as the program is commonly known, is a genuine success story. The answer, put simply, is the Republican Congress' obsession with killing ObamaCare. The federal government's Community Health Center Fund provides around $3.6 billion annually around the country.


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