If Congress doesn't renew CHIP funding, states would have to pay for the program.
Jones became the 24 co-sponsor of the bill, the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017.
Rep. Hill said he's aware of the "critical importance" of CHIP for children across both the United States and Arkansas.
The stall in funding for CHIP, a federally funded program that covers moderately low-income children in the US, leaves almost nine million children and their families in a worrisome limbo.
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Essentially, killing the mandate dramatically raises premiums in Obamacare's individual market, which is where millions of low-income families now enrolled in CHIP would have to turn were the program to disappear. States are now faced with shutting down the program. But after Congress approved a short-term spending plan on December 21, ALL Kids withdrew those warnings for the time being.
Walker doesn't believe CHIP will go away entirely, but she said the state needs to have a plan to figure out how to provide coverage with its current resources. Funding for the program in MA in now expected to run out by April.
The federal government paid almost $14.5 billion for CHIP expenses in fiscal 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Funding CHIP is cheaper than moving the covered children to other coverage options, including Medicaid and through subsidized plans in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, according to the CBO. By March, according to a new report from Georgetown University, almost half of all states will exhaust all of their federal funding. Most states can not afford to make up the difference and will have to freeze enrollment or terminate coverage when their federal funding runs out.
There is bipartisan support for CHIP in Delaware. She can not afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay. Republicans proposed a series of deeply partisan spending cuts to cover the costs of extending CHIP, such as slashing Obamacare programs and Medicare. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP". "We're going to have lower coverage for parents than we used to". The group practice hasn't changed any scheduling for CHIP patients, but he said "families are terrified" about the program having to be terminated.
"These families don't know if the rug is being pulled out from them at any time", he said.
If CHIP gets canceled by the state, she likely won't bring Javier, 2, for his two-year checkup if nothing seems wrong.
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Keeping kids healthy should be a top priority, he said.