So CHIP Program Will Expire

Confirmed by Sen. McCaskill to TPM.  As we feared.  And the TV has not covered this this week at all.  Jimmy Kimmel never mentioned it, so maybe it isn’t real.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who sits on one of the key committees in charge of health care, confirmed to TPM that Congress will likely allow CHIP to lapse by Saturday’s deadline, putting the health insurance of millions of children in jeopardy.

“I’m confident the money will come but obviously it’s not going to come on time,” she  said wearily.

“If I had had my way, we would have spent our week working on getting a Children’s Health insurance plan passed,” grumbled Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the top Democrat on the Finance Committee that oversees CHIP. “Regrettably, we had to spend a lot of our time trying to finally push back on Trumpcare 2.0. Let me tell you what the consequences are. Different states are affected in different ways, but we had testimony in the committee from a mom who said, ‘If the money runs out, I’m going to have trouble figuring out how to pay for prescriptions for my kid.’”

 

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