Why is this? One researcher claims that it probably has a lot to do with the United States' chaotic health care system, which frankly, isn't so surprising considering Congress isn't funding kids' health insurance.
About 1.7 million children in 20 states and the District of Columbia could be at risk of losing their CHIP coverage in February because of the funding shortfall, according to a report released Wednesday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. House Energy and Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said publicly on Thursday he wants six years as the committee's Ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) griped about the so-called pay-fors that offset the cost of funding CHIP. the provisions in the previous GOP-led package targeted the grace period for Affordable Care Act enrollees as well as the ACA prevention fund.
He has seen couples divorce just to qualify for Medicaid coverage, something he fears will happen if the Children's Health Insurance Program is axed.
A five-year reauthorization of the program, which costs the federal government about $14.5 billion a year, has bipartisan support.
After Congress provided short-term funding, CT reopened enrollment in CHIP and indicated coverage would continue through February up until March 1, according to Kaiser.
Had that accident happened this year, though, Natali, 50, of Aliquippa, Pa., might be scrambling.
Keeping kids healthy should be a top priority, he said.
Before the latest cash infusion, several states sent letters to parents warning that the program was in jeopardy absent congressional action.
Since 1997, CHIP has provided healthcare to millions of Americans and helped to drastically reduce the uninsured rate of children.
Without CHIP, dental hygienist Marina Natali says she couldn't afford health coverage for her sons, 12-year-old Ciro (right) and 15-year-old Marcus. These low-income families need assurance CHIP payments will be there in the future. I am urging my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to urgently prioritize issues that are essential to working folks - like ensuring the children who rely on CHIP can keep getting the care they need.
The CBO said that if CHIP funding was extended for 10 years it would actually decrease the deficit by $6 billion. Why is health care for our children being disrupted?