A top Republican state senator is warning that Florida will not able to keep a major children's health-insurance program running if Congress doesn't authorize additional money in the near future.
Jones became the 24 co-sponsor of the bill, the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017. The program covers more than 9 million children nationwide, 400,000 of whom are in Texas.
In Ohio, covering the 200,000 children enrolled in CHIP costs about $45 million a month - a cost Ohio funds via Medicaid.
States are struggling with how to save the program and are choosing between finding other sources for the money, freezing enrollment or shutting it down entirely. "It is long past time to renew CHIP and I'm proud to join my colleagues who are fighting for the children who depend on it".
Funding for ARKids is set to run out in March if Congress doesn't reauthorize the program before then. But after Congress approved a short-term spending plan on December 21, ALL Kids withdrew those warnings for the time being.
CHIP, a federal-state matching program that serves almost nine million moderately low-income children, is among the urgent priorities that seem to have gotten lost amid congressional efforts to repeal Obamacare and revise the tax code.
Also on Friday, we learned that the price tag for extending CHIP for five years has shrunk dramatically.
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According to the CBO, by removing the individual insurance mandate put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of buying coverage in insurance marketplaces will increase.
Some states will reach the bottom of their CHIP funding before March, according to an analysis published Wednesday by Kaiser, which said that before the funding extension 18 states estimated they would run out of money by the end of January.
Virginia and CT can promise to keep their CHIP program running only through February, officials said.
When Marina Natali's younger son broke his arm ice-skating past year, she did not have to worry about paying: CHIP footed all of his medical bills. She can not afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay. "That's covered by CHIP". "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP". The group practice hasn't changed any scheduling for CHIP patients, but he said "families are terrified" about the coverage disappearing.
"These families don't know if the rug is being pulled out from them at any time", he said.
In his 35 years of practice, Patel, of San Antonio, has seen the lengths to which parents will go for their critically ill children. "They seem so cavalier about it", she said.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said she's frustrated with Congress for not making the bill a priority.