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Alabama to drop thousands of children from health insurance New Year's Day

Alabama to drop thousands of children from health insurance New Year's Day

A new analysis from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families concludes that one-half of all states will run out of their Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding in January, up from an original projection of 16.

A number of states have sent out notices to CHIP recipients warning them funds will run out as early as next month.

The obstructionist attitude toward CHIP on the part of the self-proclaimed "family values party" is egregious because that same Congress, in a completely partisan vote, just this week lowered taxes on businesses and the wealthy amounting to far more money than would be needed to continue funding the program nationally (approximately $15 billion).

Congress has yet to renew federal funding for the program, which is called hawk-i in Iowa.

Congress must pass funding legislation by the end of the week.

Neighboring Alabama is freezing enrollment on January 1 and then will begin to disenroll families now in the program at the start of February.

The commonwealth's CHIP program will be lucky to last until March if federal lawmakers don't act soon.

CHIP covers about 9 million children whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health coverage - typically no more than $62,000 for a family of four. It now has enough money to keep operating through January. According to the nonprofit health research organization the Kaiser Family Foundation, CHIP has helped cut the share of uninsured US children from 14 percent to five percent over two decades.

"Congress needs to get its act together and start working for everyday people and especially the children, not big corporations".

"CHIP is one that we can not play games with", Lawrence said at a news conference of the Democratic Women's Working Group at the U.S Capitol. The 17,000 youths in CT would have to find another - more expensive - way to find health insurance if the program vaporizes.

For 20 years, the program worked swimmingly - eventually covering 95 percent of the nation's children, or 8.4 million, including 172,000 beneficiaries in MA.

The Senate Finance Committee easily approved its own five-year measure in October, but that bill lacked offsetting savings to pay for the extra money. No family should go through the holiday season worrying about how to pay for their child's health care or be forced to make choices about whether or not to see the doctor or go without the medication they need.