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Future for CHIP program

Updated: Thursday, September 19 2013, 03:46 PM CDT
Written by: Rachel Snody (RSnody@local21news.com)

Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, with the University of Utah Medical Center says it's incredibly important s have regular car and kids with insurance get more care.  "They come more frequently if they have insurance," Hobson-Rohrer says.

For millions of kids, insurance costs are paid by the Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP.

It pays for families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford insurance.

The Obama Administration likes CHIP and the Affordable Care Act won't change it very much.

The big change, is they'll try to get more kids on the program.  Right now, just over 8 million children are on CHIP. But there are almost 5 million more children who are eligible for CHIP, but haven't signed up for the program.

The Obama Administration wants to get every eligible child onto CHIP.

Currently, CHIP costs are shared by Federal and State Government. The Affordable Care Act says the Federal Government will pay more than 90% of costs. That will encourage states to recruit more kids onto CHIP and the Federal Government will help pay for aggressive recruitment.

The Obama Administration estimates it will cost $113 billion from 2012 to 2020 to get all kids insured.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says the Affordable Care Act cost estimates have gone up and in the past government health care costs have been off by as much as 10 times. "I hope we're not off by ten fold on Obamacare. If we are, we are in deep doo-doo."

Everyone believes health care is good for kids, some people still doubt whether the Affordable Care Act is the best way to get the care.Future for CHIP program


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