CHIP Extended Five Years

On Friday, the House passed a bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years, which ran out of funding at the end of September and forced some states to cut benefits for low-income children that did not qualify for Medicaid coverage. Most Democrats voted against the bill because of the way the program would be funded. To fund the program, House Republicans included provisions that would increase Medicare premiums on those households earning $500,000 or more per year, remove some individuals and households from the Medicaid rolls, and cut $6.35 billion over ten years from a public health initiatives fund that helps pay for programs to address opioid abuse. Now it is up to the Senate – which has indicated its dissatisfaction with the House bill — to find a way out of this partisan quagmire that the House established to obtain the bipartisan support it needs to pass the Senate.

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