Idaho kids health insurance system may have been overpaid

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The federal government claims it paid $3.1 million too much, thought the state disagrees. A federal agency claims it overpaid the Idaho kids health insurance program by $3.1 million from 2010 through 2013. This, according to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit. Idaho completely disagrees and says that all the payments it received were fully justified. The kids health insurance audit suggested that there was an overpayment and that it was Idaho’s fault. The report indicated the state should be…

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US government shutdown leaves CHIP without funding

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Senate failed to pass the House-sponsored continuing resolution (CR) to the president on Friday. The Senate was unable to advance the House-sponsored CR ahead of a US government shutdown last week. It left the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) unfunded, placing many states at risk of losing their medical coverage for kids from low income families. The “Cadillac tax” has also failed to move forward, as the government shutdown began at midnight on Saturday. The six year extension of CHIP funding had bipartisan support. Both Republicans and Democrats were in…

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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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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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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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CHIP expiration places health insurance of millions of children at risk

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The program currently covers the kids of almost 9 million low income American families. Kids covered by CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, could potentially lose their plans if it is not reauthorized in time. The program was designed to offer low income families with the opportunity to cover their kids inexpensively. For many families, this health insurance program is the only means of covering medical care. CHIP provides kids with coverage for pediatric visits from annual checkups to ear infections, and from surgeries to radiation and chemotherapy. For many…

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Kids health insurance penetration is rising considerably with the ACA

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The number of uninsured children has seen a striking drop since the Affordable Care Act was implemented. The Anne E. Casey Foundation – a top children’s welfare group – urged federal and state lawmakers to maintain kids health insurance under the ACA. They sought continued investments into programs aimed at the amelioration of children’s health. Since Obamacare first passed, there number of uninsured kids in the United States fell like a stone. From 2010 through 2015 there was a massive spike in the number of children covered by kids health…

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Children’s Health Insurance Program funding slashed in Trump budget

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While that program is hacked down by 20 percent, millions more kids will be affected with the Medicaid reductions. President Donald Trump’s budget plans will take down the Children’s Health Insurance Program funds by at least a fifth of its current size within two years. At the same time, Medicaid, a program that covers millions of other kids, will also be axed down in size. Millions of families may watch their health plans disappear if the president’s proposed budget passes. The budget, entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” would…

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Florida health insurance loses Stars Plus plan

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This takes away a coverage opportunity for children who have limited other options available. A special Florida health insurance plan called Stars Plus has been providing kids with few coverage options with financial support for their medical needs. Now, that health plan is being cancelled, reducing options for these families even further. The health plan will no longer be available as of the end of this year as it will not renew into 2017. At the moment, this special Florida health insurance plan provides coverage to 9,620 kids throughout the…

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Arkansas health insurance backlog creates issue with children’s coverage

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Some parents in the state are struggling to obtain the plans they need to make sure their kids are covered. Parents are feeling a substantial headache from an Arkansas health insurance backlog that is making it difficult for them to be able to buy a plan that will cover their kids. Hundreds of thousands of people in the state are now sitting on a waiting list for their coverage approval. The waiting list is the result of a backlog with the Arkansas health insurance options such as ARKids, Medicaid, and…

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