Monday, 23 October, 2017

Alabama will dismantle All Kids health insurance if federal aid not extended

Bill Clark  CQPHO Bill Clark CQPHO
Bennie Garza | 04 October, 2017, 01:48

"CHIP has a proven track record of success, stemming from its adherence to the fundamental principles of state administrative flexibility, personal responsibility, and innovation aimed at enhancing health outcomes for beneficiaries". "If the lawmakers can't act in support of a program that was enacted in a spirit of bipartisanship and serves the most truly defenseless members of society, there's no hope for them".

CHIP is a federal health insurance option for working families without access to insurance.

"We believe congress will come through, but the fact they would let the deadline expire is a concern", said Carnes.

Even as Congress gets back to work on CHIP, some state leaders are busy preparing for the possibility that their federal funding will run out. Critics have asserted that Senate Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act derailed the effort to reauthorize CHIP funding. Do not have private health insurance? If Congress doesn't extend CHIP funding soon, D.C. will use its unspent fiscal 2017 CHIP allotments and estimates funding could run out next month, White said.

"We are encouraged by reports that Congress will take up the reauthorization in the next few days", Fields said. As of Sunday, none of Mississippi's elected officials have released public statements on the funding. In Mississippi, this means people in households earning up to 209% of federal poverty level. It helped reduce the share of uninsured children from almost 14 percent nationally when it started to 4.9 percent in 2015, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Maine, CHIP is credited with decreasing the number of children not covered by health insurance to virtually zero, a major milestone.

Part of the process would be to figure out what children now receiving care through CHIP-funded All Kids would be eligible for Medicaid, Caldwell said.

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Eligibility Requirements | HealthCare.gov

CHIP is primarily funded by the federal government, though states do also contribute.

According to Vox, Minnesota will run out of funds by the end of October, with three other states likely to be underwater by December and ten more by the end of the year.

MS now has $98.5 million remaining in funds from fiscal year 2017. Van Ramshorst said that 70 to 80 percent of UHS' patient population receives either Medicaid or CHIP funding.

Benefits vary somewhat between states, but the program's range of benefits include medical and dental visits for routine well-child care, immunizations, prescriptions, vision care, emergency care, laboratory and X-ray services and hospital care.

The outcry has been strong from several areas of the government since the deadline to renew funding passed on Saturday. Some states have laws that require them to reduce coverage if federal money starts to decrease, and officials say they need time to notify recipients of possible coverage changes and reshape their programs.

But Congress is so screwed up that, as of last weekend, it allowed the program to expire. Ron Wyden of OR had introduced legislation to keep CHIP funded for another five years, but Congress never scheduled a vote before the reauthorization deadline.

Disclosure: The Texas Association of Community Health Centers has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. All of this goes a long way in giving kids a quality of life they simply would not have if they could not go to the doctor regularly simply due to their families' income - that, of course, helps to control health care costs long-term, as well.

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