Funding For Popular Children’s Health Program Expires Without Congressional Action
Efforts to renew the funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides coverage to 9 million kids, is expected to begin soon in the House.
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9 Million Kids Get Health Insurance Under CHIP. Congress Just Let It Expire.
Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire. If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits when sick and other services. (Strauss, 10/1)
Program That Provides Low-Cost Health Care To 9M Children Set To Expire
Last reauthorized in 2015, CHIP is a partnership between the federal government and states that insures American children from low and moderate-income families. And though the program's situation isn't yet dire -- and won't be until the states begin to run out of money -- some states are starting to get nervous about paying for the program. (Dooley and McGraw, 9/29)
CHIP, Other Federal Safety Net Programs Went Over A Cliff This Weekend
Because Congress failed to act in time, multiple safety net funding programs will head over a fiscal cliff this weekend, including those that provide for children’s health care, rural hospitals, and Medicaid and uninsured patients. But efforts in the House are expected to begin next week that congressional staffers say they hope will be approved quickly enough to prevent any long-term financial problems for those who depend on the programs. (Giammarise and Hamill, 9/30)
Congress Misses Deadline To Reauthorize Childrens' Health Care Program
The House Democratic Caucus chairman, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), blamed Republicans for missing the deadline in a tweet on Sunday and said CHIP should be a priority for Congress. (Carter, 10/1)
22,000 Low-Income Arizona Children Could Lose Health Insurance
More than 22,000 Arizona children in low- and moderate-income families get health insurance through a federal program that Congress failed to reauthorize by a Sept. 30 deadline. (Alltucker, 9/29)