Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Guest column: Fund CHIP before New Year

Guest column: Fund CHIP before New Year

With money for Florida's subsidized children's health-insurance program due to run out in a matter of weeks, the state has not warned the parents of roughly 200,000 children that they could soon lose coverage. The program is aimed at children from families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, the health insurance program.

Congress has yet to renew federal funding for the program, which is called hawk-i in Iowa. Those children will keep their health care, but the state will have to pick up the cost of their coverage.

Congress owes it to our kids to swiftly and immediately fully fund CHIP before they head home for the holidays.

Florida is slated to run out of CHIP funding in January, according to the latest report from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.

Because of that, the state of Alabama announced recently that it will stop enrolling children in the program by January 1.

Patchy fog expected through Monday morning, showers forecast for Tuesday
A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for all of west Tennessee and parts of northeast Arkansas and northeast MS until midnight. Rain?: Rain likely until Thursday, when we are finally expected to get a sunny day in New Orleans.

"We're just hoping Congress does the right thing and doesn't put politics in front of people's health, in front of children's health, in front of pregnant women's health", said Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, a Democrat.

"It's incredibly frustrating it's taken so long and such great lengths to fund this historically bipartisan program, but we are encouraged that we are now a step closer to seeing this critical extension become law", Walden said last week in a statement with Texas Rep. Michael C. Burgess, who chairs the panel's Health Subcommittee.

This is now considered the longest lapse in funding in the program's history. While the commonwealth's traditional dedication to providing adequate health care for its citizens ensures that the program will remain a top political priority, harmful cuts will have to be made elsewhere in the state budget to pick up the slack. "The family does not have to make that decision of health care versus the bills and food for the family; Community Health Net will be there". It is exactly how to pay for the $15.6 billion a year program where the disagreement remains. Alabama has one of the broadest eligibility levels - 317 percent of the poverty level, or $78,000 for a family of four.

"Connecticut has been able to continue offering HUSKY B ... by using leftover federal funding". But the federal government announced on December 15 they'd fork over $136 million to continue funding CHIP in Texas until February, while Congress tries to figure out a long-term solution.

Like this: