Congress can't even handle health care for kids

  • Congress can't even handle health care for kids

Congress can't even handle health care for kids

On September 30, Congress missed a crucial deadline to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, a coverage program for kids who aren't qualified for Medicaid but live in middle- to lower-income working households.

The program is created to cover age-appropriate services especially needed by children, Hamilton said, including dental coverage, metal health and substance use treatment that may otherwise not be covered by other insurance means available to low-income families.

Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said the department is closely monitoring the renewal process and officials are hopeful that CHIP will be reauthorized soon. Children in states that shut down the program will either shift to employer-sponsored or subsidized exchange coverage - or become uninsured.

"[Not reauthorizing CHIP] can set us back in the state not only in healthcare, but in many other areas", Wahi says.

Wilson says there are still about 31,000 Kansas kids without health-insurance coverage, which he notes is crucial to their future outcomes.

MS now has $98.5 million remaining in funds from fiscal year 2017.

It actually took a bit of political gamesmanship to get the program restored over the opposition of GOP leadership and the lack of support from Gov. Doug Ducey.

Oklahoma's 20 federally qualified health centers treated about 200,000 people previous year, Wilborn said.

So, if Congress doesn't act to re-authorize CHIP funding, the state could be looking at a significant cost shift, and in some instances the state will be required to cover a certain population of children, and we will see an increase in state costs.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MS, said he also is optimistic that Congress will act in the coming weeks.

CHIP funding pays for health care for two groups of children and teens in Alabama - about 81,100 on a program called All Kids and 75,200 children on Medicaid.

"The failure of Republican leadership to reauthorize CHIP puts the health of 150,000 Alabama children and 9 million children nationwide on the line".

"This strong, bipartisan CHIP bill ensures that children and their families will have good health care and states will have the certainty they need for years to come", Wyden said in a statement when their bill was introduced last month.

In Maine, CHIP is credited with decreasing the number of children not covered by health insurance to virtually zero, a major milestone. About 1,700 pregnant Minnesotan women who are ineligible for Medicaid due to their immigration status (undocumented or temporary visitors to the U.S.) and rely exclusively on CHIP risk losing their prenatal and postpartum care, as well as any other medical service short of actually giving labor.

By now, congressional Republicans' willingness to gut health care funding for vulnerable kids is no secret.

Arizona dropped KidsCare in 2014, briefly making it the only state in the nation with a version of CHIP.

Members of the two congressional committees overseeing the program, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, are now negotiating a deal on CHIP. On the House side, a package that funds CHIP, as well as extend funding for community health centers, which also expired, will be marked up later in the day.

As of this week, Alabama is still enrolling children in All Kids, she said.