Health care providers urge Congress to reauthorize CHIP funding

Georgia Reed
January 14, 2018

"We expect to see states start to send out notices out to families that CHIP may expire or possibly order enrollment freezes by February 1st if Congress doesn't act". Orrin Hatch, who heads the Senate's Finance Committee, CBO Director Keith Hall said that a five-year extension of CHIP would cost the government $800 million over a 10-year period.

Oregon's CHIP program, called Oregon Healthy Kids, previous year helped more than 140,000 Oregon children access health care.

Funding CHIP is cheaper than moving the covered children to other coverage options, including Medicaid and through subsidized plans in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, according to the CBO.

If Congress does not fully fund CHIP and MassHealth maintained the current program, MA would lose out on an estimated $147.5 million in fiscal 2018 and $295 million annually starting in fiscal 2019, according to the Office of Health and Human Services. John Cornyn of Texas, who is part of the Senate leadership, and Rep. Greg Walden of OR, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee - told reporters Wednesday that they think an agreement is close.

A five-year reauthorization of the program, which costs the federal government about $14.5 billion a year, has bipartisan support. By comparison, the tax overhaul passed in December is expected to add $1.8 trillion to the debt over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

If that accident happened later this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling.

Exercise Increased Caution While Travelling To India
India has been ranked Level 2, i.e. the U.S. citizens are advised to "exercise increased caution" when they travel to India. The advisory said that Americans deciding to visit India must not travel alone, particularly if they were women.

"If Congress does not fully reauthorize CHIP by [the end of March], Texas would pursue redistribution funding as it did previously with CMS", Williams said. These low-income families need assurance CHIP payments will be there in the future.

In Ohio, covering the 200,000 children enrolled in CHIP costs about $45 million a month - a cost Ohio funds via Medicaid.

ALL Kids, the Alabama program funded through CHIP, warned late past year that it would have to stop enrolling children into the program on January 1 and may run out of funding by February 1. They may not know that the state-branded programs they use, such as BadgerCare Plus in Wisconsin, Healthy Kids in Florida and All Kids in Alabama, are all part of CHIP.

While members of Congress on both sides of the aisle insist that CHIP must be reauthorized, GOP leaders have yet to even schedule a vote, and the program has been stuck in limbo for months amid disagreements about how to pay for it. The group practice hasn't changed any scheduling for CHIP patients, but he said "families are terrified" about the program having to be terminated.

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill. Why is health care for our children being disrupted?

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER