As GOP Tarries On Health Bill, Funding For Children’s Health Languishes

The federal CHIP program funds health care for almost 9 million children.

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The federal CHIP program funds health care for almost 9 million children.

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Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month.

In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be. With summer just around the corner, and most of official Washington swept up in scandals surrounding Trump, the health overhaul delays are starting to back up the rest of the 2018 agenda.

One of the immediate casualties is the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP covers just under 9 million children in low- and moderate-income families, at a cost of about $15 billion a year.

Funding for CHIP does not technically end until Sept. 30, but it is already too late for states to plan

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/22/529144353/as-gop-tarries-on-health-bill-funding-for-childrens-health-languishes?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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