skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, September 25, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Nevada organization calls for greater Latino engagement in politics; Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to change course on transgender rights; Nebraska Tribal College builds opportunity 'pipelines,' STEM workforce.'

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Republicans deadlock over funding days before the government shuts down, a New Deal-style jobs training program aims to ease the impacts of climate change, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas appeared at donor events for the right-wing Koch network.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

Congress Fails To Renew CHIP, Putting VA Children's Care At Risk

play audio
Play

Monday, October 9, 2017   

RICHMOND, Va. -- As Congress debates renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program, almost 9 million kids are at risk of losing their health care.

The program, called CHIP, has traditionally had bipartisan support. But this year, the House and Senate missed an October 1 deadline to reauthorize it, and advocates say efforts have stalled over partisan bickering.

Kim Robinson, a program manager with the Southern Regional Office of the Children's Defense Fund, said if CHIP is not renewed, states could begin running short of funds by the beginning of 2018.

"We're hoping that it's going to be a five-year fix and that states aren't having to spend their time and energy and under-resourced resources to come up with a contingency plan to try to make up the funding should CHIP run out,” Robinson said.

News reports said as of late last week, a bill to re-fund CHIP had passed out of committee in the Senate. But in the House, Republican calls for changes in funding brought negotiations to a standstill. Democrats are refusing to support a GOP plan to take funds from the Affordable Care Act and Medicare to pay for CHIP.

Robinson said officials in many states put their 2018 budget together assuming CHIP would be funded. But she said they're getting nervous over when - or if - the federal money will arrive.

"It does make me have a little bit of anxiety for new applications that came in on October 1 and what happened with those children,” she said. "This is a block-granted program and it's all dependent upon how much money there is."

Robinson said if the CHIP program ends or is interrupted, it would hit low-income families hardest.

"There is always a concern whenever any program comes to sunset,” she said. "With the CHIP program in particular, it covers a larger amount of children, because we're talking about the South, where a lot of poverty exists."

The CHIP program was created in 1997 by two senators, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch and Massachusetts Democrat Edward Kennedy with support from both sides of the aisle.

More information on the CHIP program is available at Medicaid.gov/chip.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Peter Sussman is among three patients with disabilities who have asked to intervene in a lawsuit challenging California's End of Life Option Act. (Nancy Rubin)

Health and Wellness

play sound

California's medical aid-in-dying law is back in court. Three patients with disabilities and two doctors are asking to intervene in a lawsuit …


Environment

play sound

A new federal jobs program aims to mobilize tens of thousands of young Americans to address the growing threats of climate change. The American …

Social Issues

play sound

Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago says its student body and campus are growing - and so are its options for people to study in STEM fields…


The Student Assistance Program in some Ohio schools connects students with tools in order to remove obstacles to learning, and is now incorporating mental-health resources. (Rosalie Murphy/Kent State NewsLab).

Health and Wellness

play sound

By Nathalia Teixeira for Kent State News Lab.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration…

Social Issues

play sound

Maine's new Office of Affordable Health Care holds its first public hearing this week, and people are being strongly encouraged to participate…

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about one in five of the young people held in juvenile facilities is awaiting trial and has not been found guilty or delinquent. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The number of children locked behind bars in Alabama has declined, but their advocates said more needs to be done to create alternatives to …

Social Issues

play sound

This coming Saturday, North Dakotans will get a chance to see how election workers go to great lengths to ensure a safe and secure voting process…

Environment

play sound

Scientists at Purdue University have been experimenting to create adhesives designed to be easier on the environment. So many products from …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021