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14 January 2018, 12:15 | Audrey Hill
Children's Health-Care Myths
After funding expired September 30, Congress in December authorized a short-term patch of $2.85 billion for the program through March, though it's unclear how long those funds will last.
As members of Congress debate ways to pay for the program, Montoya said the prospect that he and his family may need several hundred dollars more per month to cover health care premiums is constantly on their minds.
"Extending funding for CHIP for 10 years yields net savings to the federal government because the federal costs of the alternatives to providing coverage through CHIP (primarily Medicaid, subsidized coverage in the marketplaces, and employment-based insurance) are larger than the costs of providing coverage through CHIP during that period", the nonpartisan budget agency writes.
Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families (CCF) predicted in a report this month that 11 states would run out of CHIP funding before the end of February if Congress doesn't approve a long-term solution.
Lawmakers in the House Energy and Commerce Committee previously fought over how to pay for CHIP, but Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said the reduced cost estimate would eliminate many roadblocks. Leadership aides however said on Thursday that six years is more likely.
If that accident happened later this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling. "However, due to a number of variables relating to state expenditure rates and reporting, we are unable to say with certainty whether there is enough funding for every state to continue its CHIP program through March 31, 2018". The sudden turnaround for the program's prospects - as states entered panic mode and made contingency plans to close their programs - came from a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. Together, Medicaid and CHIP cover about 45 percent of all children in the state.
Dr. Todd Wolynn, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, said families are reacting with "fear and disbelief" to CHIP's uncertain future. It works to safeguard the health of children, and long has enjoyed bipartisan support.
Pennsylvania officials sent a notice to CHIP providers in late December - who then sent it to enrollees - saying it would have to end the program in March unless Congress acts.
Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill.
"Families across America had to start 2018 anxious that their kids wouldn't have health care", she tweeted.
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