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GOP Prepared to Extend CHIP Funding in Budget Agreement; Will Dems Block?

According to a report, the emerging GOP budget agreement will include a temporary extension of children's health insurance funding. Will Democrats try to block the effort?

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2017 @11:00am
GOP Prepared to Extend CHIP Funding in Budget Agreement; Will Dems Block?

An emerging GOP budget agreement would include a temporary extension of funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

According to the Washington Examiner:

The joint resolution released Monday would fund the government until Dec. 22. It also would allow for emergency funding to states until the end of the year as Congress has yet to fully fund the program.

While most states won’t run out of CHIP funding until early next year, a few states are in danger of running out of money this month.

Expired funding for CHIP, typically available to children “up to or above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL),” has been a key issue heading into 2018.

Some Democrats, including Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), have callously tried to put all the blame for the CHIP funding issue on Republicans.

But, as The New York Times pointed out this week, many of the issues over CHIP extension right now are with Democrats:

  • “Republicans will almost surely need Democratic votes to pass such legislation, and the antagonism between President Trump and Democrats in Congress is so great that no one can be sure of the outcome”
  • “In early November, the House passed a bill to extend the CHIP program. But most Democrats voted against it because the legislation would have cut funds for other public health programs and ended insurance coverage for several hundred thousand people who had failed to pay their share of premiums for insurance purchased under the Affordable Care Act.”

With some states running out of funding for CHIP, it may come down to whether Democrats will support a budget agreement that includes CHIP funding.

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