Bill Considine doesn't mince words when it comes to the political brinkmanship over the Children's Health Insurance Program that threatened health coverage for children across the U.S.
The Bipartisan Budget Act, passed early Friday following a short-lived government shutdown, includes Congress' most significant healthcare legislation since the 21st Century Cures Act.
Congress gave the healthcare industry some surprising and widespread relief in its two-year budget deal.
The Senate reached its long-awaited two-year budget deal, extending CHIP for a full 10 years, appropriating funds to combat the opioid epidemic and repealing the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board.
Some Democrats are unhappy with the House GOP's health package because of how it pays for extending certain Medicare programs. But the package, part of a short-term budget measure, could be tweaked in the Senate.
States' nail-biting, frustrating wait for CHIP funding ended last week with a six-year funding deal attached to Congress' fourth budget stopgap measure. But the next argument over the program's future has already begun.
A bipartisan group of senators drove support for a three-week budget stopgap that mirrors a House-passed measure with a six-year CHIP extension and ACA tax delays.
Insults accelerated on the first day of the government shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans failing to reach a deal to reopen the government. CHIP funding is nowhere in sight as some states hover dangerously near the drop-dead deadline for their programs.
The Senate rejected legislation funding the federal government, as well as the Children's Health Insurance Program. States hoping for a Hail Mary to keep their programs running will have to consider terminating coverage as they run out of funds.
In the face of a potential government shutdown, senators are clamoring for a few extra days to work out a spending deal. Hospitals hope this means another chance to pack Medicare extenders and DSH cut delays into the final bill.
As Congress barrels toward Friday's budget deadline, GOP leaders offer ACA tax delays but punt Medicare extenders and DSH cut delays.
A new Health Affairs study finds from 2001 to 2010, U.S. children ages 1 to 19 had a 57% higher risk of death than children in 19 other developed countries.