Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called for the program's renewal on Twitter last month. It's unclear why the pay-fors would stay in play now that the program extension saves the government money, but there is disagreement over funding CHIP for six years instead of 10 years.
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. "She knows the importance of CHIP and will work with her colleagues on a plan for ensuring funding for CHIP continues", Sen.
The dynamics involved are complicated, and include the effects of eliminating the Obamacare individual mandate as well as reductions in the federal matching rate for CHIP that kick in over time, but the CBO's conclusion is getting attention in Congress, which has been unable to agree on how to fund the program. "You control the Senate agenda @SenateMajLdr". Murkowski said health care costs should be a priority. Failing to act now shows the true face of Republicans & their donor-driven immoral agenda.
If Congress does not act on CHIP, state governments will be forced to freeze enrollment, cut benefits, end their programs or come up with another source of money. Montoya wasn't surprised to receive his letter, but it left him with "kind of a hopeless feeling".
CHIP helps states support children whose parents are not eligible for Medicaid, but can not afford insurance for their children. "That's the type of family that we're talking about - people that are out there working and just need a little assistance to get coverage for their children", he said.
Governors have urged lawmakers to pass long-term legislation.
Alabama and Utah are among several states unsure how long their federal CHIP funding will last, according to interviews with state officials.
A press conference was held Thursday at the Kanawha City Health Center in Charleston where health care advocates discussed the benefits of CHIP and the importance of continuing to serve the almost 21,000 West Virginia children who depend on the coverage. "We will have to decide between their health and spending the money on something else", she said.
"It's nonsensical and it's frustrating and it's ridiculous, honestly", said Brown, vice chair of the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee. Although it's not a full repeal of the ACA, this may lead to more bipartisan cooperation as health care is addressed.