Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Health care providers urge Congress to reauthorize CHIP funding

Health care providers urge Congress to reauthorize CHIP funding

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.

The stall in funding for CHIP, a federally funded program that covers moderately low-income children in the USA, leaves almost nine million children and their families in a worrisome limbo.

If Congress doesn't act on CHIP this month, programs in 24 states could soon be facing significant shortfalls, according to a new report.

In November, the U.S. House passed a bill that Republican leaders said would provide a five-year extension to the CHIP program.

Lawmakers in the House Energy and Commerce Committee previously fought over how to pay for CHIP, but Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said the reduced cost estimate would eliminate many roadblocks.

"If the funding is not provided by the federal government, families who receive CHIP will begin to get rift letters and discouraging enrollments", Heflin explained.

"The time is now for us to renew the CHIP program", said Dr.

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The agency has yet to specify which individual states will be running out of CHIP funding first.


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.

CHIP needs to regain long-term funding.

Although hospitals, doctor groups and child health advocates have been sounding the alarm about CHIP for months, the Trump administration has kept quiet, saying only that it's up to Congress to renew the program.

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. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP".

In the end, then, reauthorizing CHIP saves us $6 billion over ten years. 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.

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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