Children's Health-Care Myths

14 January, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. speaks to the media Thursday Jan. 4 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

That's why I am outraged that the majority in Congress has refused to act to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as CHIP.

CHIP expired September 30, threatening coverage for millions of recipients who would likely otherwise be uninsured.

The mechanics are wonky, but this is the gist: Repealing the mandate increases ACA premiums; because ACA coverage is the alternative to CHIP for many kids, it would cost the federal government more if CHIP were to end and those children moved to the ACA markets.

"It's caused such major upheaval in our lives that it's impossible not to think about", said Montoya, of Longmont, Colo. KidCare is the umbrella name given to four different children's health programs: the federal children's health insurance program commonly called CHIP; Medikids, which is the traditional Medicaid program for children; Children's Medical Services Network, which provides care to medically complex children, and the Florida Healthy Kids program.

However, funding for CHIP expired more than three months ago, and Congress has yet to approve long-term funding.

The new estimate released Thursday said a 10-year extension would save $6 billion through 2027. The debate instead focuses on how to offset the costs of the program.

Congress must act now to extend CHIP, fully funded, for five years.

"At this point it would just be CHIP". "We will be vigilant to ensure this program isn't subject to repeated short-term fixes and constantly looming deadlines".




"What we would like to do is pass at least a five-year reauthorization", Cornyn said. It passed without any Democratic support.

"It really seems to be the impact of our fragmented health care system", said Ashish Thakar, the study's lead author.

Families across America had to start 2018 anxious that their kids wouldn't have health care. Some states, including Minnesota, are using state dollars to fund the program. Montoya wasn't surprised to receive his letter, but it left him with "kind of a hopeless feeling". It covers those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford individual insurance. "Anytime a child gets sick and needs to go to the doctor".

Governors have urged lawmakers to pass long-term legislation.

A new email from the Congressional Budget Office to lawmakers obtained by TPM notes, however, that renewing the program could actually save the federal government money. "We will have to decide between their health and spending the money on something else", she said.

During the study, the United States was compared against 19 other countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Sweden and Australia, among which the United States was ranked in last place. You can't manage a health program like that.

The public health of our children should be the priority of every congressman, especially the senators from each state.

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