October 10, 2017

Lapsed funding for children’s insurance initiative snared in federal healthcare flap

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The current CHIP funding arrangement is especially beneficial to Massachusetts and other states, since the federal government provides 88 percent of the program’s dollars compared to the usual 50-50 split for other jointly funded state-federal healthcare programs.

BOSTON — Healthcare industry insiders, including Gov. Charlie Baker and elected officials on Beacon Hill, are beginning to fret over the future of a program that provides insurance coverage to about a quarter of children in Massachusetts, mostly on the federal government’s dime.

“Developments over the next several months could have strong repercussions for Massachusetts children,” the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, wrote in June in a 14-page report on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The report concludes Massachusetts and other states would exhaust their current CHIP allocations by March 2018 unless Congress took action.


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One thought on “Lapsed funding for children’s insurance initiative snared in federal healthcare flap

  1. The federal government isn’t always the be all end all. Healthcare should be left in the power of each state, which can manage things much better than the feds ever will. Massachusetts was set up just fine under Gov. Romney until ACA was introduced. Return healthcare to the power of the states.