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States worry as future of CHIP remains uncertain

States worry as future of CHIP remains uncertain

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 07, 2017

In an effort to avoid coverage loss for children and pregnant women, Senate and House committees passed bills to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. Partisan fighting in the House panel highlighted a big sticking point: how to pay for CHIP.

House, Senate committees pass CHIP bill proposals

House, Senate committees pass CHIP bill proposals

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 04, 2017

In an effort to avoid coverage loss for children and pregnant women, Senate and House committees passed bills to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. Partisan fighting in the House panel highlighted a big sticking point: how to pay for CHIP.

States search for stopgaps as Congress misses CHIP deadline

States search for stopgaps as Congress misses CHIP deadline

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 03, 2017

Now that the federal funding deadline for the Children's Health Insurance Program has lapsed, state officials have found themselves in an uncomfortable waiting game to determine the future of the program.

Senate bargainers say deal reached on CHIP

Senate bargainers say deal reached on CHIP

By Associated Press  |  September 12, 2017

Senate Republican and Democratic bargainers reached agreement late Tuesday to extend financing for the Children's Health Insurance Program for five years, a pact that if approved would avert an end-of-month cash crunch for the popular program.

CHIP funding deadline looms as senators signal bipartisan support

CHIP funding deadline looms as senators signal bipartisan support

By Harris Meyer  |  September 07, 2017

Partisan differences over the details and duration of renewing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program could delay congressional action to keep dollars flowing to the states for the popular program covering 8.4 million kids.

Congress urged to extend CHIP in light of cloudy ACA future

Congress urged to extend CHIP in light of cloudy ACA future

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 15, 2016

Congress is being asked to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program another five years in light of Republicans' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which expanded coverage to 22 million people, including children.

CMS survey of patients under MIPS not likely to shed light

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2016

The CMS next year will ask Medicare beneficiaries how their providers are doing under new payment models aimed at improving the quality of care while lowering cost. But critics say it's not likely to help consumers.

CMS rejects N.H.'s request for Medicaid work requirement, proof of ID

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 05, 2016

The CMS is denying a New Hampshire waiver request that would impose a work requirement on the state's Medicaid beneficiaries, create new standards for verifying U.S. citizenship and penalize beneficiaries if they use the ER in non-emergency situations.

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 16, 2016

Last week, two well-respected groups of government economists predicted the end is nigh for the era of restrained growth in healthcare spending. Ignore them. They've been wrong before. They will be proven wrong again.

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