Future of All Kids Insurance Program in Jeopardy

22 December, 2017, 02:12 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Kids Are Counting on Congress to Protect Their Health

But Alabama health officials say they will likely close the program in the new year if Congress doesn't renew funding.

"We have all these Tennessee working families who have children, who get their health care because of the CHIP program... and the Republicans have chosen to do nothing about funding it".

"CHIP is one that we can not play games with", Lawrence said at a news conference of the Democratic Women's Working Group at the U.S Capitol. Authorization for the program expired September 30th but many states including Florida had reserves to carry them longer. Some states are already running out of CHIP money and are warning families that they may have to end the program soon.

CT plans to end its HUSKY B children's health coverage January 31 unless additional federal funding becomes available, according to The Hill.

Rep. England said the state of Alabama doesn't have the money to pay for the program alone. CHIP has played a critical role in reducing the number of uninsured children by more than 68 percent, from almost 15 percent in 1997 to less than five percent in 2015, while improving health outcomes and access to care for children and pregnant women.

Lawmakers are scrambling to pass a bill to keep the government funded through January 19.

The representatives sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi requesting a five-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage to 9 million children. Please call Idahos members of Congress and tell to put Idahos children first this Christmas by funding CHIP. CHIP covers dental and eye care, prescription drugs, mental health care and pre-existing conditions.

Alabama has one of the more generous eligibility ranges for the program.

Unlike Medicaid, CHIP is usually not free. The 20-year-old program cost about $15.6 billion in fiscal 2016, funded nearly entirely by the federal government.

Since CHIP's enactment, the share of uninsured children fell from 13.9 percent in 1997 to 4.5 percent in 2015, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

The House and Senate must approve a continuing resolution to fund the government before the end of the week.

"We have about 270 patients just in our clinic here who have all kids coverage so those folks over the next couple of months are going to be facing using their benefits", says Dawson. If they don't want to pay, they don't have to enroll.



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