Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Home - Utah Department of Health

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Home - Utah Department of Health

It's a lovely morning in Pittsburgh, but Ariel Haughton is stressed out. She is a mother of four and has two children on the autism spectrum.

"No one believes more in the CHIP than I", Hatch said.

The policy that covers the couple requires high fees to even see a doctor, and it has a high deductible for further treatment.

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that about three-quarters of states anticipate exhausting their funding by the end of March 2018 and that several states have begun or will begin notifying families about coverage reductions before the end of 2017. Georgia was getting about $400 million a year in CHIP funding, Alabama about $198 million.

A bipartisan group of 12 governors sent a letter to Congressional leadership Tuesday, asking governors to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, "as quickly as possible". Originally meant to be sent on the first of the month to give families at least 60 days notice, it was delayed in hopes that Congress would re-fund CHIP through the continuing resolution it passed to keep the government open on December 8.

Keeping kids insured doesn't cost much, he says, and it sure pays off.

"It's extremely important", he says, "because it's developmental - it's vaccines".

The experience of Ariel Haughton's daughter, Rose, bears that out.

Health insurance for kids is in flux.

"We're not waiting for the government to take care of us". If you have to pay that, you kind of ask yourself, like, 'Are they sick enough?

That changed when her parents found out about CHIP. If left untreated, Lyme can turn into chronic arthritis or other chronic problems. "However, because Congress has not acted yet, we need to let you know that there is a chance the FAMIS programs may have to shut down".

Dr. Todd Wolynn is the Haughtons' pediatrician. "Merry Christmas, right?" Kimmel's comments comes while states warn that for the first time in the history of the program, the program may run out of funding resulting in 1.2 million children losing coverage and becoming uninsured.

"That's one of them that's on the table", he said. "'How am I going to feed them?"

In the meantime, states are running out of money for CHIP. West Virginia's CHIP board voted to end the program February 28.

For many families, that could mean an end to their health care unless they find someone to offer free care to their kids, according to Linda Nablo, chief deputy director at Virginia's Department of Medical Assistance Services.

OR has already run out of federal money and is borrowing from its Medicaid budget to ensure that its 80,000 CHIP kids keep their coverage through April.

"We're concerned that Congress is playing with fire with this issue". Long-term funding CHIP now remains in limbo while Republicans and Democrats continue to negotiate a compromise government funding bill; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised to block any government funding legislation that does not include amnesty for Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens.

Some states have started sending notices to enrollees warning them that their health coverage could end if Congress does not renew the funding. "But without CHIP funding, things kind of snowball", Andrew Montoya told Denver7.

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