States Prepare For CHIP Funding To Run Out: ‘You Can’t Say Probably Everything Is Going To Be All Right’
Some states have enough funding for a few months if Congress fails to soon renew the funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but others are going to run out imminently. “Everybody is still waiting and thinking Congress is going to act, and they probably will, but you can’t run a health-care program that way,” says Linda Nablo, chief deputy director at Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services.
The Washington Post:
States Prepare To Shut Down Children’s Health Programs If Congress Doesn’t Act
Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago, putting coverage for many at risk by the end of the year. Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend funding for CHIP, as the Children’s Health Insurance Program is known. Nearly 9 million youngsters and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide receive care because of it. (Itkowitz and Somashekhar, 11/23)
States Preparing For Children's Health Insurance Program To Run Out Of Funding: Report
Nearly a dozen states are readying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides insurance to low-income children, to run out of funding, according to a report from The Washington Post. Five states are at risk of running out of funding for their individual programs by late December, according to the report. Other states reportedly have enough money to keep their programs afloat for a few more months at least. (Manchester, 11/26)