Program that provides thousands of Pennsylvania children with health insurance expires

Thursday, 05 Oct, 2017

"It's pretty upsetting that the time tradeoff has been an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act". While it's not an immediate impact to the program here since Montana has CHIP money left over from last fiscal year, it's enough to worry Gherlein and other families who use CHIP. "The least we can do is put partisanship aside to protect our children, the most vulnerable among us".

In Idaho, CHIP was funded 80 percent by the federal government and 20 percent by the state until the passage of the ACA, which added another 23 percentage points to the federal matching rate. "I am disappointed to see funding for the CHIP program miss the deadline", Evans said.

CHIP was established in the 1990s.

Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper has long warned Congress about the consequences of letting CHIP lapse.

They could eventually, but not immediately. The program, managed under Medicaid, may soon run out of money after Congress failed to meet the deadline to authorize the renewal of funding over the weekend. The state is already preparing to send out termination notices for coverage.

After allowing CHIP to expire, House Republicans are proposing a new bill to fund the program. That meant in Idaho and 10 other states, the federal government now covers the entire cost.

However, Minnesota was among those most imperiled because it had spent all its funds. The measure comes days after federal funding for the program expired.

"Virginia has managed to [.] steward the CHIP funds properly so that we have coverage through the end of February", the health care navigator said. If states limit or stop CHIP coverage, hospitals and providers could feel the brunt of fewer insured children and more bad debt.

But the state isn't obligated to continue Hawk-i funding if CHIP funding is exhausted, he said, so decisions would have to be made about its future if it comes to that. "Policies like this can always be improved, but Congress should waste no more time in reauthorizing this important program".

In 2010, lawmakers seeking to cut state spending said they could not afford even that 25 percent match. The feds cover most of the costs-99.8 percent, to be exact-and without that funding, more than $467 million a year is at risk. But, so far, it's continuing business as usual.

The law does allow unspent funds from previous years to carry forward, so states now are relying on those accounts. We are hopeful that Congress will act, and hopefully act quickly to restore the program's funding.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and the committee's ranking Democrat, Sen.

Unfortunately, the CHIP reauthorization process is getting more, not less, complicated. They pay for nearly 90% of it.

A committee hearing is set for tomorrow to reauthorize funding for another five years.

But DJ Quinlan, of the Arizona Alliance for Healthcare Security, said he hopes that now that Congress is past the "imminent threat of the Graham-Cassidy bill" - the latest GOP attempt to overturn Obamacare - he hopes lawmakers will be able to find a way to fund both programs.

According to the news release from the governor's office, Congress failed to act on extending the program before the September 30 deadline.

While CHIP income eligibility levels vary by state, about 90 percent of children covered are in families earning 200 percent of poverty or less ($40,840 for a family of three). In addition to Minnesota, several other states are expected to start on November 1 to send families notice that the program will end. It's through a program called FAMIS - Family Access to Medical Insurance Security.