Florida's Children's Health Insurance Program faces uncertainty

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Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired September 30, 2017, and a stopgap bill Congress passed in December to extend government funding is rapidly running out of money - for some states, as early as next week. About 394,000 Texas children ineligible for Medicaid are covered under CHIP, and another 249,000 Texan children on Medicaid benefit from CHIP's 92 percent matching rate.

"So we're here as doctors from Cincinnati Children's, as healthcare professionals in the community, and family members and friends here in the neighborhoods that we care for, to let folks know that the CHIP program is expired".

KHN's coverage of children's health care issues is supported in part by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

The reason the cost goes down over time is that it's based on the savings from kids leaving Obamacare in favor of CHIP.

"I don't want to be jumping for joy, but as a result of this bad policy, CBO now says that CHIP will cost significantly less - and that over a decade, it will produce a net savings", Pallone says.

"There could be as long as a six year authorization of CHIP", stated Caroline Thorman, Rep. Hill's communication director, "but Rep. Hill and his colleagues are ironing out the details". "Without the mandate, more parents are likely to drop their insurance than CBO used to think".

Still, Democrats are seizing on the new information from CBO to push for swift renewal of CHIP, saying the past arguments about offsetting its cost are now irrelevant.

Some states will reach the bottom of their CHIP funding before March, according to an analysis published Wednesday by Kaiser, which said that before the funding extension 18 states estimated they would run out of money by the end of January. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP".

The short-term budget also made cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, according to an aide to U.S. Sen. "It just doesn't work", Alker said.

"This uncertainty and the ongoing inaction by Congress increases the likelihood that states will take action to prepare families for the worst".

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