Newspaper editorial boards have been keeping up the steady drumbeat in their call for Congress to renew CHIP, which expired September 30. In Maine, the Bangor Daily News questioned “Republican priorities” in an editorial published December 8. Holding up funding for children’s health while searching for an offset would be especially cruel as Republican lawmakers […]
Rural areas and small towns across America have special problems accessing health care. Our colleagues at the University of North Carolina’s Rural Health Program have tracked the increasing numbers of rural hospital closures around the country. The Rural Health Information Hub is also a great resource on the opportunities and challenges for rural health delivery […]
Earlier this week, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, gave a major policy address to the National Association of Medicaid Directors. After invoking Hubert Humphrey on the moral tests of government – her office is in the Humphrey building — she characterized expanding Medicaid coverage to uninsured adults without […]
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired nearly a month ago and Congress still has not passed legislation to extend funding. Researchers at Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families took a look at the consequences of the delay in CHIP funding. “This delay in funding CHIP is really unchartered territory and puts […]
Jefferson Public Radio By Sammy Caiola Mayra Alvarez of The Children’s Partnership, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, says the last time there was a CHIP funding delay was in 2009. “Previously when federal CHIP dollars were delayed, California was forced to impose freezes on enrollment. We hope it doesn’t get to that point.” Alvarez urges the […]
Houston Public Media By Abner Fletcher Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy. Patrick Bresette, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Texas office, joins us to discuss how the CHIP program works, its history, and what hurdles remain to its reauthorization. Read more here.