In the News: 9 Million Kids Could Soon Be Without Free Or Low-Cost Health Insurance
Ari Goldberg (Former Staff)Health
From Jezebel’s THE SLOT:
In the midst of their bid to rip health insurance from millions of Americans under the now-failed Graham-Cassidy bill, Republicans allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire, leaving 9 million kids waiting for their states to run out of money that provides them with free or low-cost health coverage.
CHIP was a popular, bipartisan measure that passed under President Bill Clinton in 1997; it was sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and the late Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), and was last renewed in 2015. It provides low-cost health coverage for kids whose families don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford to cover their healthcare costs, and has brought the uninsured rate for children down to 4.5 percent. The program is mostly funded by the federal government, and without reauthorization…READ MORE.