Friday, 18 October, 2019


Kids' insurance funds stretched as wait for Congress continues

Kids' insurance funds stretched as wait for Congress continues Kids' insurance funds stretched as wait for Congress continues
Hannah Rogers | 18 December, 2017, 07:49

Nursing students at Wilson College now have the option to train on Lucina, a high-tech patient simulator that allows students to get hands-on training in childbirth and other medical skills. "Why is redirecting existing funding set aside for prevention and public health funding into a successful public health fund controversial?"

And for the couple, private insurance wasn't an option. The program offers low-priced health coverage to families that don't have the income to afford other health care but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, and provides children with everything from checkups to prescriptions to emergency services and, in some states, covers expectant mothers.

Kimmel, appearing on his program earlier in the week with his young child - who suffers from a heart condition - accused Republicans of using CHIP as a "bargaining chip" to pass cuts for "billionaire and millionaire donors". Millions of American children are depending on them to do so. Coverage, with an emphasis on preventive care, includes routine checkups, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions, dental and vision care, hospital care, and diagnostic and emergency services.

CHIP funding covers about 10,000 children in Lancaster County and approximately 178,000 children statewide.

Amy said numerous families she spoke with are unaware that funding will potentially be stopped in February. If they fail this bipartisan, relatively cheap program that does so much good for children across the country, each member of Congress should have to personally go to the homes of the families in their district and explain to them why an ideology is more important than their children's health.

Passed by a 242-174 vote, Democrats opposed the measure mainly because it shortened the Obamacare grace period for late premium payments and redirected money from a preventive care fund.

Congress has yet to re-authorize the children's health insurance program, also called CHIP. New York, which receives about $1 billion in federal CHIP funding annually, is expected to run out by March, according to the nonpartisan Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. A third of states are expecting to run out of funding before the end of January, though Congress has yet to act to fix the program. States have been running on leftover funds since then.

For the past couple of months, Wolf has pushed for the federal government to reauthorize CHIP.

Families of almost 180,000 children in Pennsylvania have an extra worry this holiday season. "I call on the U.S. House and Senate leaders to make CHIP a priority and stop this obstruction". The state can carry over some funds from the last fiscal year, but federal rules mean it will incur a penalty equal to one-third of the funds carried over.

As we said in an October 5 editorial, "CHIP has been a rock on which struggling families could depend since it was created in 1997 during the administration of President Bill Clinton". She said she's also heard around about what's been going on with the program.

"There is about 30 years of research that shows if kids have comprehensive health coverage in the beginning, they're more likely to do well in school, they're more likely to earn more as adults (and) they're more likely to not need government assistance as adults", Johnson said. "So, if I can't afford to have insurance for my kid and CHIP goes away, I don't know what we're going to do". GOP Congressman Lloyd Smucker, of Lancaster County, joined others in Pennsylvania's delegation - Democrats and fellow Republicans - in a September 29 letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging that legislation be taken up as soon as possible to extend CHIP.

"So i'ts an investment that really pays for itself for generations if we can make sure we give these kids a healthy start".

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