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Fed extension gives Mass. CHIP funding through March

14 January 2018, 12:15 | Franklin Nunez

Children's Health-Care Myths

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Restore long-term funding for children's health programs

It's been over 100 days since the GOP leadership in Congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program expire, and children and states can't wait any longer.

The Senate Finance Committee reached an agreement to extend the program for five years but didn't unite on a funding plan.

"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".

A new Congressional Budget Office report shows that extending the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years, rather than the proposed five, would save the federal government $6 billion.

Lawmakers in the House Energy and Commerce Committee previously fought over how to pay for CHIP, but Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said the reduced cost estimate would eliminate many roadblocks.

Beth Kidder, a deputy secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration, told legislators that the short-term fix is expected to keep Florida's program running through the end of March.

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That includes a big performance against Boston College at home where he scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Young has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week on November 13, Nov. 27, December 18, Dec. 27 and January 1.

If that accident happened later this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling. Any spending bill that Congress takes up must include long-term funding for CHIP.

"It's creating a lot of anxiety about not having insurance and the kids getting sick", she said.

"While the balance in the redistribution pool may be sufficient to cover February shortfalls enabling all states to cover children through February, it has become increasingly hard to predict how long funds will last for any particular state", the center concluded (PDF). The CHIP benefits allow him to continue his work as a civil rights attorney, providing free representation for people with disabilities. These low-income families need assurance CHIP payments will be there in the future.

Essentially, killing the mandate dramatically raises premiums in Obamacare's individual market, which is where millions of low-income families now enrolled in CHIP would have to turn were the program to disappear.

"This is good news in the short term, but Congress needs to get moving on a clean, 5-year CHIP extension as soon as possible", said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, in an emailed statement. "They might not have a family physician, or a clear support system".

"It really seems to be the impact of our fragmented health care system", said Ashish Thakar, the study's lead author.



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