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

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Restore long-term funding for children's health programs

Children's Health-Care Myths

After passing a lavish tax cut for corporations and wealthy families, Congress hastily left town in December without reauthorizing the federal-state health-insurance program, which benefits almost 9 million children.

Housed in the Department of Health, the group would focus on issues such as increasing efficiencies in the KidCare program.

Though a short-term measure will keep it going until March, a doctor that spoke with FOX19 NOW says if action isn't taken soon families in the Tri-State will be impacted.

Officials at Nemours/A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children said the hospital saw about 6,000 children on CHIP in the past year for issues ranging from asthma to terminal illnesses, and many of them have special health care needs. Ray Bignall, with Cincinnati Children's.

Also on Friday, we learned that the price tag for extending CHIP for five years has shrunk dramatically.

As for those cookies - those will be sent to the local offices of Steve Chabot and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.

As Republicans on Capitol Hill spent much of the fall cobbling together a tax reform package, Democrats criticized them for missing a September deadline without replenishing CHIP.

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.

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Last week, Alaska's all-Republican delegation showed strong support for finding a permanent solution to CHIP, and they were right to do so.

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. "Meanwhile, Colorado and CT families received letters informing them that their children may soon lose CHIP coverage".

The Senate Finance Committee reached an agreement to extend the program for five years but didn't unite on a funding plan.

Federal funding for CHIP originally expired October 1. She can't afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay. It covers about 9 million children, including 2 million in California.

Dr. Todd Wolynn, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, said families are reacting with "fear and disbelief" to CHIP's uncertain future. But former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who strongly supported the program as First Lady when it was enacted in 1997, put the onus on him to advance legislation.

"These families don't know if the rug is being pulled out from them at any time", he said.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said she's frustrated with Congress for not making the bill a priority. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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