Millions of Children to Lose Health Benefits if CHIP Funding Not Renewed

The Hill (9/23, Ferris) reports on a study from the American Action Forum that found “as many as 2.7 million children could lose health coverage or benefits” beginning next year if Congress does not move to reauthorize CHIP funding. While many on both sides of the aisle in both chambers of the legislature have “pushed bills to renew CHIP,” other lawmakers and policy experts allege that CHIP is “unnecessary” under the ACA, “which created more opportunities for low-income families to secure health coverage.” The think-tank found that while 6.4 million current CHIP beneficiaries “would gain access to insurance under the healthcare law,” nearly 2 million other children “wouldn’t qualify for additional help under” the ACA because they would fall into what the organization calls “a family glitch.”
Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Grew By 14% Between Summer 2013 And Summer 2014. The Congressional Quarterly (9/23, Subscription Publication) reports that according to Federal data both Medicaid and CHIP enrollment “grew by almost 8 million people” between “summer of 2013 to July 2014.”

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