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

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said CHIP funding is "highly likely to happen on or about the 19th [of January] when the current continuing resolution expires", according to The Dallas Morning News.

"It feels to me like, if Congress really cared, they would address children's health care".

That's true even though the Children's Health Insurance Program technically expired on September 30 after Congress failed to renew funding.

If Congress does not fully fund CHIP and MassHealth maintained the current program, MA would lose out on an estimated $147.5 million in fiscal 2018 and $295 million annually starting in fiscal 2019, according to the Office of Health and Human Services.

In December, state officials believed DE would run out of funding by January 31. Created by Congress 20 years ago, it has been reauthorized repeatedly with bipartisan support. But Republican leaders in Congress all but abandoned the program in the fall and devoted their time to trying to pass an unpopular tax bill that will increase the federal debt by $1.8 trillion over the next decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis released last week.

But Matthew Fiedler, an economist at Brookings' Center for Health Policy, told TPM that this not much of a cause for celebration, as part of the reason for the new, lower cost of CHIP is the expectation that many more parents around the country will go uninsured.

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Republicans and Democrats want the program to be extended. During the campaign, Jones said reauthorizing the program, known as CHIP, would be among his top agenda item. The budget office updated its estimates after the adoption of the tax law. Orrin Hatch, who heads the Senate's Finance Committee, CBO Director Keith Hall said that a five-year extension of CHIP would cost the government $800 million over a 10-year period. "So it's just more reason for the federal government to take care of what should have been a slam-dunk re-authorization".

"This is a critical program that serves thousands of Alaskans, and I remain committed to finding a comprehensive and long-term solution for it", Rep. Don Young said.

The report suggested it may be hard to accurately predict exactly when funding will run out because Congress has tinkered with the rules used to redistribute unspent money to states. She can't afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay.

"Sen. Murkowski is a co-sponsor of the KIDS Act, which reauthorizes the program for five years". If they are serious, they can start with CHIP.

With poor healthcare and high gun homicide rates, American children have a 70 percent higher chance of dying before adulthood than other rich countries.

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