House GOP proposes 5-year extension for children's health

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Although States still have some CHIP money available in various amounts, if Congress does not act quickly to restore the program, the funding will soon run out completely, ultimately gutting the program of its most crucial services including routine checkups, immunizations, dental and vision care and emergency services. Because they care more about themselves than our children, and our country's future. I mean, Montana is one state that is now facing this, but many other states are expected to run out of CHIP funds relatively quickly, so I think the hope is Congress will take this up quick. State officials have begun sending out notifications letting CHIP enrollees know that their coverage has lapsed. Much of Congress' health-funding attention had been focused on the fate of the Affordable Care Act. "CHIP-Spending-by-State-FY-2015-millions.pdf">another government report, with the federal government footing most of the bill and states covering 15 percent.

[CHIP] was instrumental in lowering the percentage of children who were uninsured from almost 14 percent when it started to 4.5 percent in 2015.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-OR, announced late last week that the committee will markup a bill to extend federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, community health centers and other health programs next week.

A health insurance program benefiting thousands of Arizona children is at risk.

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program lapsed on September 30.

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"No child in America should be without health insurance". He wanted to include a provision that would prevent members of Congress from appropriating CHIP funds for other items not related to the program. Others have said they will soon run out of money for it.

Congress has reauthorized the program periodically since its creation. It's a federal-state program that covers about 9 million children and pregnant women who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid (typically because their incomes are a bit higher than Medicaid allows). "These are kids from low-income families whose parents' work doesn't offer insurance, these are kids with special needs, these are kids with behavioral health problems".

"We estimate that, absent additional federal funding, remaining federal funds would be exhausted by February 2018 for Texas", Williams said. The Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017, or KIDS Act, would fund CHIP through 2022 if passed in its current form.

"Kids will be able to see a doctor when they need to, they'll get prescription eyeglasses and, if something really serious occurs, they can go to the hospital", Necochea said. Children in states that shut down the program will either shift to employer-sponsored or subsidized exchange coverage - or become uninsured. The answer, put simply, is the Republican Congress' obsession with killing ObamaCare. They are now scrambling to get a legal interpretation of whether that means this week or when the state exhausts its reserve funding in early 2018. State officials said Tuesday that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was giving Minnesota $3.6 million from unspent national funds to cover CHIP this month.

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