Health secretary: Funding for CHIP will last until February in Delaware

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Federal budget watchdogs have drastically lowered their estimate of what it will take to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) because of 3 factors related to tax law changes affecting the Affordable Care Act at the end of previous year that basically make it cheaper to insure children through CHIP than through insurance marketplaces.

Essentially, killing the mandate dramatically raises premiums in Obamacare's individual market, which is where millions of low-income families now enrolled in CHIP would have to turn were the program to disappear.

A new study has uncovered a heartbreaking statistic: American children are 70 percent more likely to die before they reach adulthood than children from other rich countries. Ray Bignall, with Cincinnati Children's.

CHIP's authorization for federal funding expired September 30, 2017.

As for those cookies - those will be sent to the local offices of Steve Chabot and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.

"It's creating a lot of anxiety about not having insurance and the kids getting sick", she said. I have long supported the CHIP program. It serves about 9 million children nationwide each year, and states have some discretion in setting their income eligibility standards, and eligibility varies across states.

"Meanwhile, families in Alabama found a notice on the Department of Public Health's website saying that it would freeze enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program on the first of the year, and they would not renew any coverage after that date", Kennedy wrote.

Extending CHIP yields net savings because the federal cost of alternatives to providing coverage are larger than the cost of CHIP coverage, the CBO said. "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP".

While members of Congress on both sides of the aisle insist that CHIP must be reauthorized, GOP leaders have yet to even schedule a vote, and the program has been stuck in limbo for months amid disagreements about how to pay for it.

Pennsylvania officials notified CHIP providers in late December - who then informed enrollees - that the state would have to end the program in March unless Congress acts.

Walker, head of Delaware Health and Social Services, said she is in "complete disappointment and disgust" with how Congress has handled the re-authorization of CHIP. "They might not have a family physician, or a clear support system".

"If CHIP coverage disappears, we run the risk of kids going without care or emergency room visits going up", he said.

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill.

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