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 program covers almost 9 million children and pregnant women across the country.
The federal government paid almost $14.5 billion for CHIP expenses in fiscal 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week said it couldn't guarantee funding to all states past January 19.
The families enrolled in CHIP are working families, said Joshua Austin, program manager for strategic initiatives for the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.
If Congress doesn't renew CHIP funding, states would have to pay for the program. Funding for the program expired back in September.
"Like the CHIP Program, Community Health Centers have enjoyed long bipartisan support for the high-quality care that they provide our families".
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The guys who coach high school are the ones who really have to deal with the parents. It doesn't matter if there is anything of substance involved with an issue.
Congress approved $2.85 billion for the program before Christmas, hoping it would last though March.
"Americans are exhausted of waiting on their government to do the right thing - lives are depending on it. Let's end this waiting game and #FundCHIPNow", U.S. Sen.
According to the CBO, by removing the individual insurance mandate put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of buying coverage in insurance marketplaces will increase. The bill was not taken up by the U.S. Senate. "We will have to decide between their health and spending the money on something else", she said. "It would be devastating to those children who wouldn't get those services". By March, according to a new report from Georgetown University, almost half of all states will exhaust all of their federal funding.
Before the latest cash infusion, several states sent letters to parents warning that the program was in jeopardy absent congressional action. That policy is expected to make the premiums in the Obamacare marketplaces more expensive - which means the federal government would have to spend more money subsidizing those premiums for low- and middle-income enrollees. "If they don't receive that, then children who may have diabetes or other major pre-existing conditions - their lives are at risk", said Brad Heflin with the Alliance for Health Care Security. If they are serious, they can start with CHIP.
The uncertainty surrounding federal funding for the insurance program has him rethinking his current job as a non-profit attorney along with every routine purchase. Every Child Matters, a non-partisan non-profit, urged the public to call on their elected representatives to "act immediately on a 5-year CHIP reauthorization". As it happens, that estimate only included seven years of funding, for reasons I couldn't quite figure out.