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Extending CHIP for 10 years rather than 5 saves $6 billion, CBO

13 January 2018, 02:12 | Melissa Porter

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Restore long-term funding for children's health programs

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. speaks to the media Thursday Jan. 4 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

For Ohio's vulnerable children, that's an upside of sorts, since the program will continue even if CHIP money runs out.

The uncertainty surrounding federal funding for the insurance program has him rethinking his current job as a non-profit attorney along with every routine purchase.

Why is this? One researcher claims that it probably has a lot to do with the United States' chaotic health care system, which frankly, isn't so surprising considering Congress isn't funding kids' health insurance.

Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who oversees the Senate health-care budget, said Wednesday that Florida is unlikely to have the money to keep the program intact without federal assistance.

Funding for CHIP expired more than 100 days ago, after Congress failed to reauthorize the program.

Although health care provider groups and child health advocates have for months been sounding the alarm about CHIP, the Trump administration has kept quiet, saying it's up to Congress to renew the program.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office initially said a 10-year extension to would increase the deficit to $8 billion, then later revised the estimate to $800 million. But former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who strongly supported the program as First Lady when it was enacted in 1997, put the onus on him to advance legislation. "We're going to have lower coverage for parents than we used to".

A 2014 report by Health Affairs comparing Medicaid and CHIP coverage to employer-sponsored insurance, revealed that families enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP fared better in medical bill repayments than families with private insurance (10 percent versus 19 percent).

As Republicans on Capitol Hill spent much of the fall cobbling together a tax reform package, Democrats criticized them for missing a September deadline without replenishing CHIP.

Had that accident happened this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling. It serves about 9 million children nationwide each year, and states have some discretion in setting their income eligibility standards, and eligibility varies across states. "They might not have a family physician, or a clear support system".

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a Madison, Wis., pediatrician and vice president of the state's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, worries that many parents will be surprised if their children are suddenly without coverage.

Ariel Haughton of Pittsburgh said she's upset her federal lawmakers have left CHIP in flux for her two children and millions of kids around the country. But the new projections, issued in a letter to Rep. It cost $15 billion in 2016, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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