Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

GOP would transfer pain to fund children's health insurance

GOP would transfer pain to fund children's health insurance

"Senator Cochran expects Congress to act soon to reauthorize the program, which is important to many families in MS, before the state exhausts its CHIP funding", a statement from Chris Gallegos in Cochran's D.C. office says.

CHIP funding and coverage varies by state, but generally the program provides coverage for a child's routine checkups, immunizations, prescriptions, vaccinations and X-ray services, according to ABC News.

While most states have put aside some money to cover the cost of CHIP in exactly this kind of scenario, 10 states will run out of funding by the end of this year, according to ABC News.

Alker noted that the overall policy goal in that bill "very closely mirrors the bipartisan agreement within the Senate" on CHIP funding. Cochran voted for the legislation and continues to support the program.

Under changes under the Affordable Care Act, 31,000 kids on Medicaid began receiving CHIP funding for their insurance, bringing the total amount of kids benefiting from CHIP in the state to more than 79,000.

"There is a lot to celebrate in Arizona in terms of children's health coverage", she said. I think there have been some who've been anxious about whether or not Congress was going to move before the end of the federal fiscal year.

"We are encouraged by reports that Congress will take up the reauthorization in the next few days", Fields said. As of Sunday, none of Mississippi's elected officials have released public statements on the funding.

Known as CHIP at the federal level, the health insurance program covers about 9 million kids nationwide in low- to moderate-income households. "This is why for two decadesI have championed this important program and support ongoing efforts to reauthorize it". "The department urges Congress to re-authorize CHIP so that 176,241 Pennsylvania children can continue to receive health insurance".

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CHIP advocates have also been nervous that the program could become a battleground for the still-simmering Obamacare fight - that the program's funding could get stuck not because of any disagreements over CHIP itself, but because it becomes the cipher for a separate health care fight.

Alabama's All Kids program was the first state CHIP program in the country. The Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure Act of 2017, or KIDS Act, would fund CHIP through 2022 if passed in its current form.

If funding were to run out, it would have significant implications. Utah, home state of the chairman of the Senate committee that oversees CHIP, Orrin Hatch, is already making plans to shut the program down.

Heidi Capriotti, spokeswoman for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which administers the CHIP program, said officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say they have some unspent dollars from the fiscal year just ending. "We need to reauthorize these critical programs asap", said Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo.

Families who qualify for Hawk-i pay from nothing up to a maximum of $40 a month, depending on income, for the health coverage.

Another nearly $10 billion is projected to come from shifting money set aside for Obamacare's prevention and public health fund to community health centers, and from changes that would help state Medicaid programs avoid medical costs from people who have health coverage from other sources.

Disclosure: The Texas Association of Community Health Centers has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune.

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