Million American Children Lost Funding For Their Insurance

It also left Arizona as the only state without a functioning program. If something isn't done soon thousands could be without coverage.

The Utah program covers 19,000 children. A spokesperson for his office said the senator continues to support the program. If CHIP is allowed to die, children formerly under this program will have zero affordable options to see a doctor.

Without those preventative measures, children in Austin will get sick and, at best, miss school he says.

In West Virginia, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) said the program would be sustainable through April 2018.

Unless Congress acts to restore the funding, which, given this Congress's track record of moving legislation, is not reassuring.

"That would be a hardship for these families", said Jim Carnes, Policy Director at Alabama ARISE.

It's a particularly vital program for low-income families, providing a basic and crucial safety net.

Already, the White House has announced plans to not participate or promote open enrollment events - a decision that is just one of many ways the administration has attempted to torpedo the marketplace. "Numerous plans don't provide the full array of benefits", Carnes said. About 1,700 pregnant Minnesotan women who are ineligible for Medicaid due to their immigration status (undocumented or temporary visitors to the U.S.) and rely exclusively on CHIP risk losing their prenatal and postpartum care, as well as any other medical service short of actually giving labor.

To become eligible, the children must be residents of Alabama and be, otherwise, uninsured.

"If we had an outbreak every day that had over 100,000 people a year killed and injured, Congress would be in a frenzy", Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said on the House floor Tuesday morning. By all accounts, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of lawmakers even wanted to renew it.

Members of Congress had introduced a bill late this summer to extend CHIP funding for another five years, but it failed to pass by a Saturday deadline. I hope they will make progress and that we can send a bill to the President's desk very soon.

However, Nebraska Medicaid "fully expects (CHIP) to be reauthorized by the U.S. Congress", according to a statement forwarded by Julie Naughton, public information officer for the Medicaid, long-term care, developmental disabilities and behavioral health programs in Nebraska.

Democrats in Congress and around the country, however, fully mobilized against it, while paying little attention to the looming expiration of CHIP.

More than nine million children are a part of the program nationwide.

If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with numerous children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits when sick and other services. The program is for children of low to middle income families, who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but are not offered health insurance through their jobs. Gherlein ended up taking her to the emergency room and Beatrice was ultimately fine, but it was critical for the family to be able to access care when they needed it without worrying about putting themselves into financial hardship.

  • Joanne Flowers