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MT awaits reauthorization of $96m in fed funding for kids' health insurance

04 October 2017

In Kansas, the rate dropped from 5.1 percent in 2015 to 4.3 percent in 2016, and it's a almost 30-percent drop from 2013.

In Montana the program that's jointly funded by the federal and state governments covers about 23,000 children.

States still have some CHIP funds available, but that money won't last indefinitely. That may not be true in every state - Minnesota officials report that their funding situation is already dire, and they aren't alone - and there's no reason for confidence that Congress will actually get its act together in time.

"[Not reauthorizing CHIP] can set us back in the state not only in healthcare, but in many other areas", Wahi says.

Virginia's Department of Medical Services says it has funding to last only through January.

If Congress doesn't reauthorize the program, millions of children could eventually lose their current health insurance. Using CHIP money this way allows Minnesota to insure low-income children and pregnant women with 88 percent federal funds, and just 12 percent state funds.

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"Immunizations really, really help us keep those children out of hospitals".

But congressional failure to extend the funding would do more than halt Florida's momentum toward expanding coverage; it would knock hundreds of thousands of children backward, leaving them without public- or private-sector insurance. Montana is one of the states where CHIP funding would run out faster than other states, is that right?

Cobb, in pushing to restore Kids Care, conceded at the time that federal funding beyond September 30 of this year was not assured. Despite missing the funding deadline, Congress is still behind the program and is working to reauthorize it, lawmakers said.

~9 million American children are covered by #CHIP. "It's a lot more scary with a kid".

Capito said strong, bipartisan support for re-authorization is cause for confidence CHIP will be continued as the bill is worked and reworked in the Senate Finance Committee through Tuesday.

Alker noted that the overall policy goal in that bill "very closely mirrors the bipartisan agreement within the Senate" on CHIP funding. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement. Ron Wyden. Work on the bill is expected to begin this week.

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Representatives of nonprofit Merrick Community Services in St. Paul said programs like CHIP are critical to helping low-income families. Why the program lapsed remains unclear outside of House GOP leadership.

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) estimated that if CHIP isn't reauthorized three states and the District of Columbia will run out of program funding by the end of the year and another 27 states will run dry in the first quarter of 2018.

The program, instated in 1997, has been widely praised for extending access to health care for millions of needy children.

HO: The federal match for the CHIP program varies, depending on what part of the program we're talking about.

Alker said "it's unfortunate" that Congress "is acting so late that they have to move everything so quickly" on bills that would continue to fund CHIP. She said they have "heard positive things from Congress that this will get renewed, but we also haven't seen the action at the same time".

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MT awaits reauthorization of $96m in fed funding for kids' health insurance