CHIP funding will run dry in several states by the end of January

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Kids in many places across the country and whose families have low incomes will be without health insurance. CHIP funding was allowed to expire on September 30, 2017 and, despite the fact that the program has bipartisan support, it still has not been renewed. States have been doing what they could to compensate for the medical expenses without federal money. Unfortunately, some states haven’t fared as well as others. Now, many of the 9 million children enrolled in the program, as well as pregnant mothers and babies born over the…

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Strong health insurance registrations surprise ACA opponents and supporters, too

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Despite the president’s claims that Obamacare was repealed, the health care law saw its strongest results. Not twenty four hours after President Donald Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” health insurance registrations data showed the strongest year. Officials reported that 8.8 million Americans enrolled in health plans on the federal insurance exchange to cover them next year. Those numbers don’t yet include the data from insurance exchanges run by individual states. The 2018 health insurance registrations on were strong enough that they nearly achieved the 2017…

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Alabama Children’s Health Insurance Plan will Start Removing Kids on January 1

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Low income families across the state are facing a rough start to the year as 7,000 kids will lose their coverage. The Alabama Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) is beginning their first stages toward shutting down coverage for all kids it covers in the state. The first phase will involve cutting 7,000 children from low income families starting on January 1, 2018. State officials say CHIP is running out of funds following Congress’s failure to renew in time. The kids whose Alabama Children’s Health Insurance Plan, also known as All…

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GOP tax plan will cause health insurance rates to spike

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If the Republicans manage to pass their tax plan as is expected this week, coverage may get much pricier. If Republicans successfully pass the GOP tax plan this week – and the expectation is that it will – health insurance could become much more expensive for Americans, say opponents. The final version of the Republican plan will repeal the individual insurance mandate of the ACA. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Americans who don’t have health insurance coverage through their employers, other groups, Medicare or Medicaid, to purchase coverage for…

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Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program to receive $135 Million

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The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is sending funds to the state to keep the program alive. The Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program was rapidly running out of funds as federal Congress has yet to renew CHIP’s funding. That said, the Texas Health and Services Commission wrote to Governor Greg Abbott to inform him that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be providing the state with $135 million to sustain the program until the end of February. In Texas, CHIP provides over 450,000 uninsured kids…

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Not every health insurance exchange deadline has passed

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Last Friday was the official deadline for ACA enrollment but some states have issued extensions. Americans rushed to their state health insurance exchange to beat the enrollment deadline last Friday. That said, the Trump administration and some state exchanges have announced an extension of the deadline for certain individuals. This makes it possible for more Americans to obtain the coverage they need in time for the start of 2018. When Americans phoned the service center as of Saturday morning, they were greeted by a recorded message meant to assuage…

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Governor promises Vermont children’s health insurance won’t suffer from federal cuts

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Phil Scott has acknowledged that the state will now need to cover millions as a result of the federal government. Vermont children’s health insurance will be losing millions of dollars in federal funding due to the federal government. Congress has yet to act in order to offer federal Medicaid funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), leaving states at risk of losing coverage for their youngest residents, or coming up with the funding themselves. According to Phil Scott, kids in low income families in Vermont will not be losing…

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Colorado health insurance registrations up 29 percent over last year’s enrollment

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State residents are steadily continuing to sign up for their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Colorado health insurance enrollment is performing considerably better than it was at this time in 2016. Despite a temporary slow down near the end of November, the Affordable Care Act in the state is still seeing far more registrations than had been the case last year. Even with the slowing, the enrollment pace is still significantly faster than was seen in 2016. According to Colorado health insurance data from November, almost 44,000 state residents…

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Democrats call Trump’s birth control insurance plan unconstitutional

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The administration plans to roll back yet another one of Obama’s health coverage requirements. The Trump administrations strategy to undo a requirement for employers to provide workers with birth control insurance in their health plans is a religious endorsement and it is unconstitutional, say a group consisting of 19 Democratic state attorneys general. The reason is that Trump’s plan allows an employer’s religious objections to block an employee’s coverage. Trump’s plan gives employers the opportunity to stop their employees from receiving birth control insurance on religious or moral grounds. The…

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States brace for Children’s Health Insurance Program to run out of money

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Almost a dozen states are getting ready for CHIP’s funding to run out, leaving kids from low-income families uninsured. Almost a dozen U.S. states are bracing themselves as they watch the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) rapidly running out of money. The program is designed to provide coverage for children from low-income families and, according to a Washington Post report, it is nearly out of funds. At the moment, there are five states that won’t have enough funding for their programs to get through December. The report indicated that the…

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