Children's Health Insurance Program in ND OK for now

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Eligibility Requirements | HealthCare.gov

The reauthorization, however, expired at the end of 2013, but support was extended through The Affordable Care Act (ACA).

US lawmakers missed a deadline over the weekend to reauthorize a health insurance program that covers millions of children.

The federal budget year expired September 30 without lawmakers taking action to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program for the new year.

Families in the program earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but tend not to have enough to afford private insurance.

CHIP money covers two subsets of children in Montana, with the feds paying about 98 percent of the costs. They have two years to spend their allotments, and unspent money is then available for redistribution to other states. CHIP has been in this fix only one other time since it was established in 1997.

They could eventually, but not immediately. Furthermore, this decision by Congress also spells budget trouble for our state in 2018, as our General Assembly assumed continued federal funding for CHIP in the most recent state budget and failed to take seriously proposed federal budget cuts.

"We have not sent out any notices (to participating families)", Caldwell said.

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees CHIP, and has been pushing for a five-year extension, said Joe Hand, a spokesman.

DSH is the "largest source of federal funding for uncompensated care" in hospitals, according to the AHCCCS website, which said payments are made to qualifying hospitals in the fall.




Hilda Shirk, president and CEO of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, said federal funding for other safety net programs including community health centers such as SouthEast also expired Saturday.

In Iowa, about 60,000 kids get health insurance with CHIP funding, with 44,000 on the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa, or hawk-i, program. If not, some states will manage to keep CHIP in place just barely for a few months, but beyond that, most CHIP kids will ultimately become uninsured. "Extending funding for CHIP has been a top priority of this committee, and I am pleased to see the committee advance this policy today", he said in a statement. But, so far, it's continuing business as usual.

Health care for more than 22,000 Arizona youngsters is in jeopardy because of congressional inaction. "But it allows us to continue coverage while Congress presumably moves forward to reauthorize this critically important program".

Nationwide, an estimated nine million children are covered by CHIP, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Congress is expected to call it for a vote in the coming weeks.

By all appearances, the CHIP reauthorization is collateral damage in the GOP effort to kill Obamacare. CHIP serves families with higher incomes, up to about 318 percent of the federal poverty line.

The CHIP program has had broad support. "If they don't want to pay, they don't have to enroll into Medicare", Upton said.

Despite another display of thunder and commotion last week, the Republican-controlled Congress didn't manage to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

What kind of care might these children lose if CHIP isn't renewed? States have the option to cover pregnant women, and 18 plus the District of Columbia do so.

Some states, like Nevada, Minnesota and Utah, are already running out of funds to pay for this vital program.

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