CBO: Reauthorizing CHIP Will Save $6 Billion

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley

By now perhaps you've heard that Republicans in Congress are denying health care to poor children, because what else would those robber barons do?

Funding for CHIP expired more than 100 days ago, after Congress failed to reauthorize the program.

It has been more than 100 days since the CHIP program expired on September 30.

"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. By comparison, the tax overhaul passed in December is expected to add $1.8 trillion to the debt over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Texas now has enough federal money to keep alive its health insurance program for more than 450,000 uninsured kids and pregnant women through the end of March, a state official said on Friday. That makes extending CHIP cheaper, from the government's point of view. The CHIP benefits allow him to continue his work as a civil rights attorney, providing free representation for people with disabilities. (It's a five-year funding bill.) But no matter.

Since a September deadline passed without CHIP reauthorization by Congress, funding in MA has included a combination of fiscal 2017 carry-over funds and "redistribution funding" from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the Baker administration.

Senate Finance Ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) has also tweeted favorably about the 10-year extension. An analysis by the CBO last week found that a five-year CHIP extension would cost $800 million, substantially less than previous estimates. His committee has jurisdiction over the health program's budget.

When Marina Natali's younger son broke his arm ice-skating in 2017, she didn't have to worry about paying for so much as a doctor's visit: CHIP footed all the medical bills.

The families enrolled in CHIP are working families, said Joshua Austin, program manager for strategic initiatives for the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.

ALL Kids, the Alabama program funded through CHIP, warned late past year that it would have to stop enrolling children into the program on January 1 and may run out of funding by February 1. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage".

"The short term patch that lawmakers included in an end-of-year funding deal only provides momentary relief", the organization wrote.

A few states, including Louisiana and Colorado, plan to use state funds to make up for the lack of federal money.

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