CBO Says Funding CHIP Actually Saves Gov't Billions. So What's The Holdup?

CBO Says Funding CHIP Actually Saves Gov't Billions. So What's The Holdup?

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a Madison, Wis., pediatrician and vice president of the state's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said many parents and doctors have been told for months that Congress would firm up long-term funding for CHIP, but those promises have been dashed.

Jones became the 24 co-sponsor of the bill, the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017. The program helps almost 9 million low-income children with healthcare insurance. Funding for CHIP, which usually garners bipartisan support, has been in limbo since its federal funds ran out on September 30.

In some states, children enrolled in CHIP would be protected by Medicaid provisions and the impact would instead be on the state budget, according to the report. "It is long past time to renew CHIP and I'm proud to join my colleagues who are fighting for the children who depend on it". But after Congress approved a short-term spending plan on December 21, ALL Kids withdrew those warnings for the time being.

They baked chocolate chip cookies to raise awareness about the "CHIP" program, which provides affordable health insurance for working families. 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.

A five-year reauthorization of the program, which costs the federal government about $14.5 billion a year, has bipartisan support.

Let's hope this bipartisan effort continues beyond CHIP to addressing other areas of health care.

Federal funding for CHIP originally expired October 1. According to estimates from Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, some 24 states and Washington, D.C. are at risk of running out of funds by the end of the month. But federal officials miscalculated. I have long supported the CHIP program.

"If you think about a world with no CHIP, a lot of families would still want to have their kids covered, so they would look for private insurance in the individual market", he explained.

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

"These families don't know if the rug is being pulled out from them at any time", he said. "We're going to have lower coverage for parents than we used to".

If Pennsylvania cancels CHIP, she likely won't bring Javier, 2, for his two-year checkup unless there's something clearly wrong with him. "We will have to decide between their health and spending the money on something else", she said.