Extending CHIP Would Actually Save Taxpayers Money: CBO

Extending CHIP Would Actually Save Taxpayers Money: CBO

As members of Congress debate ways to pay for the program, Montoya said the prospect that he and his family may need several hundred dollars more per month to cover health care premiums is constantly on their minds.

Jones became the 24 co-sponsor of the bill, the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017.

The Children's Health Insurance Program has few opponents in Washington.

A press conference was held Thursday at the Kanawha City Health Center in Charleston where health care advocates discussed the benefits of CHIP and the importance of continuing to serve the almost 21,000 West Virginia children who depend on the coverage.

Ariel Haughton of Pittsburgh said she's upset her federal lawmakers have left CHIP in flux for her two children and millions of kids around the country. But officials say some states could start running out of money as early as next week. "It is long past time to renew CHIP and I'm proud to join my colleagues who are fighting for the children who depend on it".

Congress approved $2.85 billion for the program before Christmas, hoping it would last though March.

It has been more than 100 days since the CHIP program expired on September 30.

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Democrats are likely to push for a 10-year reauthorization, particularly after the CBO report said extending the program for longer actually saves the government money.

Also on Friday, we learned that the price tag for extending CHIP for five years has shrunk dramatically. So, if Congress doesn't fully fund CHIP, Ohio's percentage share of CHIP costs would rise steeply. However long an extension they land on, lawmakers said, all signs point that CHIP will at the very least get funded in the January 19 continuing budget resolution that Congress needs to pass to avert a government shutdown.

"While the balance in the redistribution pool may be sufficient to cover February shortfalls enabling all states to cover children through February, it has become increasingly hard to predict how long funds will last for any particular state", the center concluded (PDF).

CHIP needs to regain long-term funding.

There is bipartisan support for CHIP in Delaware. "That's covered by CHIP". The group practice hasn't changed any scheduling for CHIP patients, but he said "families are terrified" about the program having to be terminated. "They might not have a family physician, or a clear support system".

In his 35 years of practice, Patel, of San Antonio, has seen the lengths to which parents will go for their critically ill children.

Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill. Murkowski said health care costs should be a priority.

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