Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Funding CHIP for 10 years would actually save $6 billion: CBO

Funding CHIP for 10 years would actually save $6 billion: CBO

"She knows the importance of CHIP and will work with her colleagues on a plan for ensuring funding for CHIP continues", Sen.

"He is committed to working with his colleagues to provide long-term reauthorizing and funding for the program that is vital for so many vulnerable children in the Denali KidCare program and across the country".

"It's caused such major upheaval in our lives that it's impossible not to think about", said Montoya, of Longmont, Colo.

CHIP funding was allowed to expire on September 30, 2017 and, despite the fact that the program has bipartisan support, it still has not been renewed. In December, Congress provided $2.85 billion to temporarily fund the program. The debate instead focuses on how to offset the costs of the program. The internal estimate comes just a few days after the agency reported publicly that it had slashed its estimate of how much it would cost the government to renew CHIP for five years-from $8 billion to around $800 million-following Republicans' move to repeal the individual mandate as part of a tax overhaul.

But last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) granted lawmakers a lifeline.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources predicts a shutdown on February 28 if lawmakers fail to pass a permanent funding solution.

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The federal government paid almost $14.5 billion for CHIP expenses in fiscal 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tweeted Wednesday. "We will be vigilant to ensure this program isn't subject to repeated short-term fixes and constantly looming deadlines".

There is bipartisan support for CHIP in Delaware. "These are kids who deserve to have health care and need health care access". "You control the Senate agenda @SenateMajLdr". Failing to act now shows the true face of Republicans & their donor-driven immoral agenda. Montoya wasn't surprised to receive his letter, but it left him with "kind of a hopeless feeling".

Governors have urged lawmakers to pass long-term legislation.

Alabama and Utah are among the states unsure how long their federal CHIP funding will last, according to interviews with state officials. "We will have to decide between their health and spending the money on something else", she said.

Nationwide, CHIP provides health care coverage to 9 million low-to-moderate-income children and about 370,000 pregnant women, cleveland.com's Sabrina Eaton reports.

"We really have to hope Congress acts on it, because it's too big a hole for the state to have pick up, " said Flores, chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. "It feels to me like, if Congress really cared, they would address children's health care".

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