Health Insurance for 9 million kids at risk as Congress fails to meet deadline

October 02, 2017

The Republican-led Congress failed to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the weekend, spreading uncertainty and panic among some states that funding for the program would dry up and threaten the lives of the nine million U.S. children enrolled in the program.

iStock-685864090.jpg

Lawmakers missed a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the Clinton-era initiative, which provides insurance coverage for kids in families with lower to middle-class incomes at the cost of some $14 billion per year. Because of the way its funding is dispersed, however, money will not run out for most states immediately.

The situation in each state varies, but some states will need funding sooner than others. According to Medicaid officials, which help manage the program, California, Arizona, Minnesota and North Carolina will run out of CHIP funding by December. Officials in Minnesota, in particular, have warned they will need to take “extraordinary measures” to continue coverage in October. Officials in Utah have said they might have to freeze enrollment

Further funding for CHIP is likely to be eventually authorized.


Comment on This Article   

Post Your Comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

Featured Articles

Surprise Billing: Arbitration Will Raise Your Premiums
SB 432 – Lots of Treats for Pharmacists – and Bad News for Consumers
Why do Pharmaceutical Companies hate PBMs so much?
Creators of Mysterious Ad Blitz Influencing Anti-Surprise Billing Law Comes to Light
Benchmarking, Not Arbitration, is the Answer to America’s Surprise Billing Problem
Podcast: Senator Joyce Krawiec Talks to Us About Why CON Laws are Bad for NC