Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Medical | By Alyssa Little

DHS Director: Iowa Developing Plans in Case CHIP Funding Runs Out

DHS Director: Iowa Developing Plans in Case CHIP Funding Runs Out

Though CHIP is popular on both sides of the political aisle, its funding ended on September 30, and Congress has failed to reauthorize it. States have started warning that children will lose their coverage if lawmakers don't act fast.

Linda Nablo helps run the Virginia Family Access to Medical Insurance Security program. It is ironic, in fact hypocritical, that anti-abortion Republicans would not rush to renew a program that safeguards the health of a fetus.

Alabama looks to be the first state that will have to close its CHIP program, according to Kaiser Health News. But the federal government announced on December 15 they'd fork over $136 million to continue funding CHIP in Texas until February, while Congress tries to figure out a long-term solution. Those children will keep their health care, but the state will have to pick up the cost of their coverage.

"We would love to pass it".

As the issue slipped into next year, the two top senators on the issue - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and top committee Democrat Ron Wyden of OR - issued a statement promising to seek a five-year extension soon.

"They're the families that are right on the cliff if you will", said Melissa Miranda. An immediate, long-term extension of funding for CHIP must be passed now.

Cuba's Raul Castro term in office likely extended
In its last ordinary session of the year, headed by President Castro, the MPs agreed to extend their term until April 19, 2018. Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel has been considered to be the most likely candidate to replace Castro.

Its been more than three months since Congress let federal CHIP funds expire.

Those children, who are up for their yearly renewal in January, will not be allowed to continue in the program, and the state also plans to freeze enrollment at the same time. CT cautioned it would stop supporting families after January 31, and Colorado has sent letters to recipients warning that their coverage may be canceled.

I would like to quote what Sen Hatch (R-Utah) said in 1997 when Co-sponsoring the original program with Sen Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) saying "as a nation, as a society, we have a moral responsibility" to provide coverage for the most vulnerable children.

Although Congress has stepped in and provided eleventh-hour money twice in recent months, the will-they-or-won't-they drama has put pressure on state officials about how to respond.

Kelly Haight, spokeswoman for North Carolina's health department, said the state's 220,000 children receiving assistance under the program "will not experience any interruption in benefits at this time" because the state had enough money for the beginning of 2018.

The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Greg Walden of OR, said last week that the CHIP extension will be included in the short-term government funding bill to be considered by lawmakers later this week.

Race for Virginia state house now tied, victor to be randomly selected
Under state law, the State Board of Elections now has to break the tie in House District 94 through "determination by lot". At the end of the recount, Simonds appeared to have a one-vote lead over Yancey, creating a 50-50 split in the House.

The federal government is set to shut down Friday as Republicans grapple with how to fund it before the end of the year. Alabama reduced the number of children without health coverage to 3 percent - in part by getting 95,000 kids into the CHIP program.

For 20 years, the program worked swimmingly - eventually covering 95 percent of the nation's children, or 8.4 million, including 172,000 beneficiaries in MA.

Alabama has one of the more generous eligibility ranges for the program.

The House and Senate must approve a continuing resolution to fund the government before the end of the week. One Democratic aide said top lawmakers of both parties had subsequently quietly agreed to a package of savings.

Democrats had been hammering Republicans for passing their sweeping tax-cut legislation while CHIP remained in limbo, arguing it would leave millions of families who depend upon the program uncertain over their future at the holidays.

Census: Illinois loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania
IL lost more than 33,000 residents, dropping to the sixth most populous state in the union with 12,802,023 residents. Net worldwide migration decreased 1.8 percent between 2016 and 2017, making it the first drop since 2012-2013.

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