The White House proposal to rescind $5 billion in authorized funds from the Children's Health Insurance Program is raising hackles in Washington as budget experts and children's health advocates disagree over the impact.
The White House plans to send a $15 billion rescission request to Congress Tuesday morning, including $7 billion in cuts to the Children's Health Insurance Program.
The CMS has revealed that physicians may be overprescribing psychotherapeutic medication to children on Medicaid or CHIP, which may be due to inadequate access to behavioral health specialists.
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.
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.