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Florida's Children's Health Insurance Program faces uncertainty

Florida's Children's Health Insurance Program faces uncertainty

A letter sent to Senator Orrin Hatch by the Congressional Budget Office stated that it had lowered its estimated cost to finance the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The CBO based its report on a Senate Bill to extend CHIP funding for five years.

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. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) said he plans to bring a six-year extension of CHIP to the floor for a vote next week. "That's the type of family that we're talking about - people that are out there working and just need a little assistance to get coverage for their children", he said.

After Congress provided short-term funding, CT reopened enrollment in CHIP and indicated coverage would continue through February up until March 1, according to Kaiser.

If that accident happened later this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling.

In Ohio, covering the 200,000 children enrolled in CHIP costs about $45 million a month - a cost Ohio funds via Medicaid. She can not afford private coverage for her two children on her dental hygienist pay. Every single state in America - 50 out of 50 states - has a CHIP program.

"If Congress does not fully reauthorize CHIP by [the end of March], Texas would pursue redistribution funding as it did previously with CMS", Williams said.

Rep. Darrell Issa will not seek re-election
Issa is a longtime nemesis of the Democrats and then-President Barack Obama. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggested otherwise.

Dr. Todd Wolynn, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, said families are reacting with "fear and disbelief" to CHIP's uncertain future.

Pennsylvania officials notified CHIP providers in late December - who then informed enrollees - that the state would have to end the program in March unless Congress acts.

"Americans are exhausted of waiting on their government to do the right thing - lives are depending on it. Let's end this waiting game and #FundCHIPNow", U.S. Sen.

Essentially, killing the mandate dramatically raises premiums in Obamacare's individual market, which is where millions of low-income families now enrolled in CHIP would have to turn were the program to disappear.

"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.

"Families across America had to start 2018 anxious that their kids wouldn't have health care", she tweeted.

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