Inaction Over CHIP Funding Worries Experts: ‘States Are Really Walking On A Tightrope’
A new study looks at how states will be affected by Congress' delay renewing funding for CHIP.
States Risk Exhaustion Of Children's Coverage Funds
Inaction on passing legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance program is causing further uncertainty for states and families, according to a new report. The findings from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families underscore previous concerns from advocates that the delay in renewing CHIP funding will negatively impact states. The report said five states – Arizona, California, Minnesota, Ohio and Oregon – as well as the District of Columbia are projected to exhaust funds before or shortly after December. (Raman, 10/26)
And in Pennsylvania —
The Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com:
By Seeking To Limit CHIP Care For Transgender Youth, Pa. Senators May Defer Benefits For Low Income Kids Statewide
A move by Pennsylvania Senate Republicans to limit state- and federally funded medical care for transgender youth is drawing fire from LGBTQ and child advocates, as well as state Democrats. The issue also stands to delay renewal of a popular program that has provided health care for low-income children throughout the state for 25 years. At issue is the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a largely federally funded program that pays for health care for about 176,000 Pennsylvania children from families with limited incomes. (Giordano, 10/25)