Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

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They baked chocolate chip cookies to raise awareness about the "CHIP" program, which provides affordable health insurance for working families.

This program plays a critical role in our nation's health care by covering children who fall into a coverage gap - their families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but they also can not afford private health insurance. An analysis by the CBO last week found that a five-year CHIP extension would cost $800 million, substantially less than previous estimates.

Advocates hope this change will enable Congress to come to an agreement on a long-term solution. So, if Congress doesn't fully fund CHIP, Ohio's percentage share of CHIP costs would rise steeply.

"CHIP has never operated like this before-on a short-term, month-by-month basis". Leadership aides however said on Thursday that six years is more likely. "Congress has a unique opportunity to protect and stabilize the health coverage for the 9 million children that receive care through CHIP while simultaneously reducing the federal deficit by $6 billion in this decade and an estimated $20 billion over two decades", says Bruce Lesley of the Washington-based advocacy group First Focus.

Alabama and Utah are among several states unsure how long their federal CHIP funding will last, according to interviews with state officials.

When Marina Natali's younger son broke his arm ice-skating past year, she did not have to worry about paying: CHIP footed all of his medical bills.

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Congress is now looking into ways to pay for the program, which costs the federal government about $14.5 billion each year. Under the pool restrictions, states with excess dollars would have to give money to states running low.

Since 1997, CHIP has provided healthcare to millions of Americans and helped to drastically reduce the uninsured rate of children. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP".

"These families don't know if the rug is being pulled out from them at any time", he said.

Last month's temporary budget fix, H.R. 1370, also provided $550 million for community health centers that serve more than 25 million, many in struggling communities - enough to last only through March 31. But it's unclear whether CHIP will be resolved by then or at a later point.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said she's frustrated with Congress for not making the bill a priority. But the new projections, issued in a letter to Rep. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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