The Congressional Budget Office produced a new cost estimate for extending the Children's Health Insurance Program, finding that a 10-year extension would produce net savings of $6 billion.
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.
If the federal government fails to approve long-term funding for CHIP, about 1.9 million children across the country could lose coverage in January, according to a report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The internal estimate comes just a few days after the agency reported publicly that it had slashed its estimate of how much it would cost the government to renew CHIP for five years-from $8 billion to around $800 million-following Republicans' move to repeal the individual mandate as part of a tax overhaul.
"So we're here as doctors from Cincinnati Children's, as healthcare professionals in the community, and family members and friends here in the neighborhoods that we care for, to let folks know that the CHIP program is expired". Congress has simply extended funding on a short-term basis while they work on a deal.More news: Trump weighs-in on Oprah's potential presidential run
"It's creating a lot of anxiety about not having insurance and the kids getting sick", she said. I have long supported the CHIP program. The House plan includes a controversial funding provision - opposed by Democrats - that takes millions of dollars from the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund and increases Medicare premiums for some higher-earning beneficiaries.
"We need the leadership of our Congress to get with the program and to wake up to the needs of children", he said.
"It's nonsensical and it's frustrating and it's ridiculous, honestly", said Brown, vice chair of the National Governors Association Health and Human Services Committee. "That's covered by CHIP". "We should stop the uncertainty and permanently extend CHIP".
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. "They might not have a family physician, or a clear support system". Murkowski said health care costs should be a priority.More news: Liverpool, Arsenal must spend £90m to land Thomas Lemar
Navsaria also worries that many parents will be surprised if their children are suddenly without coverage.
Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who oversees the Senate health-care budget, said Wednesday that Florida is unlikely to have the money to keep the program intact without federal assistance.
Williams said in her e-mail that the $135 million now won't be immediately needed because of the December spending bill.More news: Wisconsin School Assignment Asked Students To List "3 Good Reasons For Slavery"