By now perhaps you've heard that Republicans in Congress are denying health care to poor children, because what else would those robber barons do?
The Children's Health Insurance Program has few opponents in Washington.
Congress has yet to approve funding for CHIP, or the Children's Health Insurance Program.
The agency has yet to specify which individual states will be running out of CHIP funding first..
"The new CBO score is great news because a major sticking point has been how to pay for CHIP", Tricia Brooks, a healthcare policy expert and former CHIP director for New Hampshire, told Business Insider.
"If Congress does not fully reauthorize CHIP by [the end of March], Texas would pursue redistribution funding as it did previously with CMS", Williams said.More news: Jacob Eason is transferring ... and will is next stop be UW?
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"Americans are exhausted of waiting on their government to do the right thing - lives are depending on it. Let's end this waiting game and #FundCHIPNow", U.S. Sen.
Senate Finance Ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) has also tweeted favorably about the 10-year extension. That bill passed 242-174 largely on party lines as Democrats objected to funding offsets, including "cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, Medicare means testing for wealthier seniors, changes to Medicaid third party liability and changes to the grace period for Affordable Care Act plans", according to Boston Children's Hospital. It would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program through 2022.
CHIP's funding expired 103 days ago, on September 30. And since the Republican tax bill makes Obamacare more and more expensive over time, it makes CHIP more and more cost-effective over time. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage". Wyden has always supported extending CHIP for as long as possible, including a permanent extension that would save taxpayers billions of dollars while giving kids long-term health care security.
Federal funding for CHIP originally ran out October 1.
Pennsylvania officials notified CHIP providers in late December - who then informed enrollees - that the state would have to end the program in March unless Congress acts. As it happens, that estimate only included seven years of funding, for reasons I couldn't quite figure out.
An analysis by Georgetown University, however, has predicted that some states including Florida could run out of money sooner.