Fed extension gives Mass. CHIP funding through March

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley

CHIP, a federal-state matching program that serves almost nine million moderately low-income children, is among the urgent priorities that seem to have gotten lost amid congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare and revise the tax code. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested a five-year reauthorization. It works to safeguard the health of children, and long has enjoyed bipartisan support.

"I think the fact that we are watching and sort of seeing what's happening up in Washington, D.C. with the CHIP program and the funding makes this task force even more important", Duran said. When funding for CHIP is reduced under current law, some parents would try to keep coverage for their children and enroll them in a family policy through the marketplaces.

A new study has uncovered a heartbreaking statistic: American children are 70 percent more likely to die before they reach adulthood than children from other rich countries. Orrin Hatch, who heads the Senate's Finance Committee, CBO Director Keith Hall said that a five-year extension of CHIP would cost the government $800 million over a 10-year period.

ALL Kids, the Alabama program funded through CHIP, warned late a year ago that it would have to stop enrolling children into the program on January 1 and may run out of funding by February 1. "These are kids who deserve to have health care and need health care access".

Families across America had to start 2018 anxious that their kids wouldn't have health care. For many Republicans, this mandate has been the chief concern with the ACA since it was enacted. Montoya wasn't surprised to receive his letter, but it left him with "kind of a hopeless feeling".

The program is for children whose families make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. "Anytime a child gets sick and needs to go to the doctor". "I know there are thousands of families in Colorado who don't have that ability".

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Governors have urged lawmakers to pass long-term legislation.

"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).

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill.

"It's nonsensical and it's frustrating and it's ridiculous, honestly", said Brown, vice chair of the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee.

The program ensures low-priced medical coverage for children whose parents earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid.

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