Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Vigil Held In Support of Children's Insurance Program

Vigil Held In Support of Children's Insurance Program

Congress allowed CHIP funding to expire September 30. Funding for the program in MA in now expected to run out by April.

The news, first, comes less than a month after Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was giving the state $135 million to continue the program through February. If Congress doesn't reauthorize the financing, Louisiana would have to start paying the higher cost share to keep the program's services intact. Ray Bignall, with Cincinnati Children's.

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

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As for those cookies - those will be sent to the local offices of Steve Chabot and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Last month, Congress approved an 11th hour plan by passing a short-term spending measure to keep the program going until March. There, the government will have to subsidize their coverage - and spend more on those tax credits than they would just keeping the kids in their current CHIP health plans.

Dr. Joanne Hilden, a pediatric cancer physician in Aurora, Colo., and past president of the American Society of Hematology-Oncology, said cancer patients who are anxious their CHIP funding will run out can't schedule care ahead of time. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage". (It's a five-year funding bill.) But no matter.

The Congressional Budget Office recently revised their estimate on the cost of long-term funding for CHIP, saying it would take $800 million to finance the program for five years instead of the previously estimated $8 billion. She can not afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay.

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Dr. Todd Wolynn, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, said families are reacting with "fear and disbelief" to CHIP's uncertain future.

Since 1997, CHIP has provided healthcare to millions of Americans and helped to drastically reduce the uninsured rate of children. It works to safeguard the health of children, and long has enjoyed bipartisan support. The group practice hasn't changed any scheduling for CHIP patients, but he said "families are terrified" about the program having to be terminated.

Ariel Haughton of Pittsburgh said she's upset her federal lawmakers have left CHIP in flux for her two children and millions of kids around the country. It cost $15 billion in 2016, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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