Monday, 23 April, 2018

Congress Must Fund CHIP Program

As tax bill celebrated, funding for 100000 Tenn. kids' healthcare lingers Child Health Insurance Program running out of money
Marty Perkins | 22 December, 2017, 02:09

A new analysis from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families concludes that one-half of all states will run out of their Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding in January, up from an original projection of 16. The Department of Medical Assistance Services (The Agency that administers CHIP - Called FAMIS in Virginia) sent out letters on Dec 11th to the parents of the 68,500 children now enrolled in CHIP across Virginia ( Including around 10,000 in our 10th Congressional District) that unless Congress acts immediately, coverage could be terminated as temporary funding for the program would run out on 1/31/2018 as the program lapsed on Sept 30th, 2017.

For a woman learning of an unintended pregnancy and facing the daunting reality of thousands of dollars in medical bills for prenatal care and delivery, unpaid family leave when the child is born, and uncertainty about health insurance coverage for their newborn, learning that CHIP is available to take care of two of those concerns is a small blessing.

Congress must pass funding legislation by the end of the week.

I sincerely hope Congress reauthorizes CHIP now and for a longer term.

Neighboring Alabama is freezing enrollment on January 1 and then will begin to disenroll families now in the program at the start of February.




Some states that are almost out of money are preparing to freeze enrollment or cancel CHIP coverage if lawmakers don't soon reach a deal.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress say they support the program, but they have not agreed on where to get the money to pay for it. Since then, some states have relied on unspent funds to keep it going.

Perhaps he can appeal to his more conservative members by emphasizing the federal funding protects pregnant women who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid - they are gainfully employed - but too little to afford private health insurance.

Hickenlooper called it a "one-time only bandaid" until Congress acts. It now has enough money to keep operating through January. CHIP covers dental and eye care, prescription drugs, mental health care and pre-existing conditions. Alabama has one of the broadest eligibility levels - 317 percent of the poverty level, or $78,000 for a family of four. It is exactly how to pay for the $15.6 billion a year program where the disagreement remains. The Senate has not voted, but Democrats there also refuse to tie any CHIP extension to higher Medicare premiums or siphoning money from the public health fund.

Recommended

  • Bodycam video shows officer being dragged half mile by fleeing driver

    Bodycam video shows officer being dragged half mile by fleeing driver

    Police say Cabrera also tried to pry the officer's fingers off the door with one hand as he steered the vehicle with the other. Other officers pursued the suspect's vehicle at speeds reaching more than 100 miles an hour, police said.
    Mild temperatures and stormy showers to dash hopes of White Christmas

    Mild temperatures and stormy showers to dash hopes of White Christmas

    For Christmas Eve and Christmas, a sharp baroclinic zone will be set up southwest to northeast somewhere across the eastern U.S. On Tuesday Paddy Power and Betfair had betting odds of 2/1 on the City of Discovery seeing the white stuff on Christmas Day.
    ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack On Methodist Church In Pakistan

    ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack On Methodist Church In Pakistan

    Another 15 people were killed at two churches in Lahore when suicide bombers struck each of them. Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack, calling it an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations.
  • Rugby star, ex-49er Jarryd Hayne accused of sexual battery

    Rugby star, ex-49er Jarryd Hayne accused of sexual battery

    Her lawyer, Mr Clune, said that at the time his client was so intoxicated she was "unable to consent to sexual intercourse". While The Mercury News reported that Hayne engaged in nonconsensual sexual intercourse with "Ms.
    The Voice victor  announced

    The Voice victor announced

    He stressed to Chloe that she should always "have a creative mind and find a creative mind". Chloe also wants "to plan a tour and I'm thinking about visuals for that as well".
    Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot

    Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot

    Dr Atherton said: "We know that children are super-spreaders of germs". "There are no shortages of vaccines available", she said. The department says the flu was expected to increase in Kansas and it likely has not peaked in the state yet.
  • First trailer for 'Sicario 2

    First trailer for 'Sicario 2

    Stepping in for Villeneuve to direct the sequel is Stefano Sollima , who's best known for his work in Italian TV and film. With the drug cartels now smuggling terrorists across the US border, they decide to pit the cartels against each other.
    Look Out Tesla, Here Comes Nio

    Look Out Tesla, Here Comes Nio

    The 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack can be swapped in as little as three minutes with its quick-swap system. There will also be over 1,200 "Power Mobile" vehicles that will be deployed in the next couple of years.
    US Blames North Korea for WannaCry Ransomware Attack

    US Blames North Korea for WannaCry Ransomware Attack

    The allegations against North Korea are not surprising, as the rogue regime has always been the primary suspect . Among other targets, it attacked hospitals in Britain disrupting the local health care system.
  • Public Health predicts 'more severe, heavy' flu season

    Public Health predicts 'more severe, heavy' flu season

    Last week , a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick. Flu activity season begins in October and lasts through late May, with cases peaking between December and February.
    Kremlin unmoved by Trump's 'imperialist' new security strategy

    Kremlin unmoved by Trump's 'imperialist' new security strategy

    On Monday, Trump described China a "rival power" seeking to "challenge American influence, values and wealth". The new USA national security strategy is imperial in nature, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
    Hardik Patel claims exit poll results for Gujarat will be wrong

    Hardik Patel claims exit poll results for Gujarat will be wrong

    Gopalaswami and Naveen Chawla have also said that they believe EVMs can not be tampered with. Jyoti had also assured there can not be any tampering with the EVMs.

First Trailer Released for 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' First Trailer Released for 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' In the trailer, Sophie ( Amanda Seyfried ) is now pregnant and her mother's friends are there to help her through it all. Craymer also created and produced the popular stage musical, which should delight fans that saw it on stage.

Happy Birthday, Taimur. Here Are Your Wishes From Aunt Karisma And Others Happy Birthday, Taimur. Here Are Your Wishes From Aunt Karisma And Others She shared what is possibly Taimur's cutest photo till date to wish him for his birthday. Taimur Ali Khan rung in Christmas five days early.

Jeep Cherokee reveals its new face Jeep Cherokee reveals its new face It may not look like the box it came in like its distinctive namesake did, but the 2019 Jeep Cherokee adopts a more conservative look.

Cavaliers want Isaiah Thomas to play in G-League before return Cavaliers want Isaiah Thomas to play in G-League before return The Cavaliers play the Celtics on January 3, and it has been reported that Thomas wants to be ready to face his old team. After a rocky start, the Wine and Gold have reeled off 18 wins from their last 19 games and are rolling at the moment.

Brexit transition 'should end by 2021', European Union negotiator Barnier says Brexit transition 'should end by 2021', European Union  negotiator Barnier says His comments made clear that he envisages a document falling some way short of a full free trade agreement of the type being sought by Mrs May.

US 'will be taking names' during UN vote on Jerusalem: Haley US 'will be taking names' during UN vote on Jerusalem: Haley Egypt had put forward the draft at the council which was backed by all 14 other Security Council members in the vote on Monday. She similarly used the line in January , shortly after taking office, when she advised countries not to cross the U.S.

Ola acquires Foodpanda India for $200 mn, Pranay Jivrajka to head Ola acquires Foodpanda India for $200 mn, Pranay Jivrajka to head However, this created strong opposition from users and made a significant dip in the revenue that came from the regular cab rides. The list of startups that had to shut down is even larger and includes Dazo, Eatlo, Zupermeal, iTiffin, Eazy Meal, and Biteclub.

Ofcom unveils new rules to help speed-up switching mobile phone providers Ofcom unveils new rules to help speed-up switching mobile phone providers The provider must supply the code immediately, as well as info on any outstanding charges, prepaid balance or termination charges. Said code comes directly from your current operator via an online form, a phone call, or even a quick free text message.

You Can Manage Your Identity on Facebook Using Face Recognition You Can Manage Your Identity on Facebook Using Face Recognition It builds on the existing machine learning and AI that powers another of Facebook's photo features, tagging suggestions. The objective of the feature, according to Facebook, is to help users better manage their online identity.

Chelsea weigh up move for 25-year-old Premier League attacker According to reports, Arsenal could have a three-way fight on their hands if they want to bring Wlfried Zaha to the Emirates.

Salvation Army rushes to gather Angel Tree gifts for 'Forgotten Angels' Salvation Army rushes to gather Angel Tree gifts for 'Forgotten Angels' The Salvation Army struck gold again in its red collection kettles over the weekend in southeast Portland. Salvation Army bell ringers have become as much a part of the Christmas season as Santa.

Form Ozil wants to stay at Arsenal, insists Wenger Form Ozil wants to stay at Arsenal, insists Wenger After several attempts to negotiate new contracts, the Arsenal duo have refused to sign deals committing their future to the Emirates.

SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule to Resupply ISS SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule to Resupply ISS SpaceX has two multibillion-dollar cargo delivery contracts with NASA for at least 26 logistics missions through 2024. The first time NASA experimented with re-using a spacecraft was long before the Space Shuttle, way back in 1966.

Gas prices drop below pre-Harvey levels Gas prices drop below pre-Harvey levels It was also just before Labor Day weekend, as Florida residents kept their eyes peeled on Hurricane Irma's forecast path. Gas prices have decreased 28.9 cents from last month's average and have decreased by 10 cents from last year's average.

Google Assistant's 'Hey Google' hotword now rolling out to more users Google Assistant's 'Hey Google' hotword now rolling out to more users In the meantime, however, there is one workaround that should fix the reaction speed of the Pixel 2 XL fingerprint scanner. Now, multiple users have reported slow screen wake up response after the Android Oreo 8.1 update in Pixel 2 XL devices.