Funding the Children's Health Insurance Program for 10 years could actually save the government money, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report published Thursday - a factoid that supporters of soon-to-expire program are sure to use as they lobby for its reauthorization. But it's unclear whether CHIP will be resolved by then or at a later point.
Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired September 30, 2017, and a stopgap bill Congress passed in December to extend government funding is rapidly running out of money - for some states, as early as next week.
This program plays a critical role in our nation's health care by covering children who fall into a coverage gap - their families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but they also can not afford private health insurance.
The agency has yet to specify which individual states will be running out of CHIP funding first.. Funding for the program in MA in now expected to run out by April. "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".
That's why I am outraged that the majority in Congress has refused to act to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as CHIP. Ed Markey tweeted on Wednesday. The bill was not taken up by the U.S. Senate.
Cornyn has previously promised funding for CHIP was imminent.
Congress approved $2.85 billion for the program before Christmas, hoping it would last though March.
When Marina Natali's younger son broke his arm ice-skating in 2017, she didn't have to worry about paying for so much as a doctor's visit: CHIP footed all the medical bills.
On Dec. 28, Congressman Joe Kennedy sent out a fundraising email heralding the recent birth of his son, and contrasting his family's happiness with the "panic and fear" that others were experiencing amid uncertainty over CHIP funding. Texas has enough funding to cover its costs until the end of March, but the looming deadline has many families anxious about their long-term health care needs. I am urging my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to urgently prioritize issues that are essential to working folks - like ensuring the children who rely on CHIP can keep getting the care they need.
Federal funding for CHIP originally ran out October 1. However long an extension they land on, lawmakers said, all signs point that CHIP will at the very least get funded in the January 19 continuing budget resolution that Congress needs to pass to avert a government shutdown.