Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion

CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion

CHIP funding was allowed to expire on September 30, 2017 and, despite the fact that the program has bipartisan support, it still has not been renewed. For Ohio's vulnerable children, that's an upside of sorts, since the program will continue even if CHIP money runs out.

Rep. Hill said he's aware of the "critical importance" of CHIP for children across both the United States and Arkansas.

A new study has uncovered a heartbreaking statistic: American children are 70 percent more likely to die before they reach adulthood than children from other rich countries. Ray Bignall, with Cincinnati Children's.

As for those cookies - those will be sent to the local offices of Steve Chabot and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. But that is a drastic step, since the federal government pays on average almost 90 percent of CHIP costs. While the 20-year-old program enjoys wide support from Republicans and Democrats, they have been unable to compromise on an extension over a funding dispute. Before the short-term funding patch, federal officials redistributed reserve funds to states to keep their programs running.

"These are kids", Walker said. But Congress is now debating long-term funding options. The House plan includes a controversial provision - opposed by Democrats - that takes millions of dollars from the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund and increases Medicare premiums for some higher-earning beneficiaries.

Doctors fear the elimination of CHIP will worsen the treatment some children receive in Delaware.

CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion
CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion

"If you think about a world with no CHIP, a lot of families would still want to have their kids covered, so they would look for private insurance in the individual market", he explained. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP". The group practice hasn't changed any scheduling for CHIP patients, but he said "families are terrified" about the program having to be terminated.

Pennsylvania officials notified CHIP providers in late December - who then informed enrollees - that the state would have to end the program in March unless Congress acts.

Families across America had to start 2018 anxious that their kids wouldn't have health care.

Navsaria also worries that many parents will be surprised if their children are suddenly without coverage. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage". Hardy said she'd like to see a larger investment in early-childhood care.

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill.

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