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Children's Health Program in Jeopardy as Parties Fight Over Funding

Children's Health Program in Jeopardy as Parties Fight Over Funding
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By    |   Friday, 15 December 2017 11:24 AM

Health insurance coverage for 9 million children lies in jeopardy as members of both parties continue to disagree over funding for a program which ran out of money in September.

The Children's Health Insurance Program ran out of funding on Sept. 30. Since then, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have failed to reach an agreement on how to replenish the money, and both parties blame the other for the delay. Democrats claim that Republicans, being in control of both chambers of Congress, should bear the most responsibility.

Members of the GOP insist that an agreement will be reached by the end of the year. Their most recent proposal set out funding for CHIP over the next five years, paid for with cuts to Obamacare and other programs with strong support from Senate Democrats.

"I don't want to hear talk about what happened in the past and how bipartisan the Children's Health Insurance Program has been. That's nice talk," Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told Politico. "Unless this gets done, all of the work that [Republicans] claim to have done over many years doesn't mean very much."

"We're going to take good care of CHIP," said Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, one of the authors of the law which started the program in 1997. "I can't tell you exactly when, but we'll get it done."

At this time, no child has been expelled from the program over the lack of funds. President Donald Trump's administration issued emergency funding to multiple states after legislators granted them the authority.

"I'm strongly advocating that it should be on the CR. I think that's where it belongs," House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said to Politico. "We should stop the monkey business around here that keeps it from being funded for five years and get it off the place. Should have done it back in September.

"Every chance the Democrats wanted to slow and stop the process of negotiations, we did that in good faith," he added. "Both sides wanted to find common ground. We couldn't achieve it."

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