Illinois Pediatricians Call For CHIP Reauthorization

Time is running out for Congress to approve more funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. And while the U.S. House of Representatives in early November approved a five-year extension of the program, a proposed extension has stalled in the Senate. "This should be our priority". CHIP funding was last reauthorized in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, and before that, through the ACA. "My fiscally-responsible bill provides support for children and families, invests in the prevention and treatment of serious diseases, helps our fellow US citizens in Puerto Rico and other territories, and strengthens the health care systems in states like Florida that are welcoming Americans displaced by Hurricane Maria". "So it's really a bridge between Medicaid and private insurance", she said. That program is operated by states, and OH has a plan for the program known as CHIP in case Congress doesn't act.

CHIP serves about 9 million children nationwide and the U.S. Congress allowed funding for the program to expire in September.

Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, on Wednesday said the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee is working on a resolution to send to Congress about the issue, but wouldn't provide details. If Congress doesn't act by Friday forcing a government shutdown, the previous short-term funding expension would keep the program funded through December 22.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says CHIP is a well-liked program and failing to keep funding it is essentially like cutting Medicaid for kids.

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