CHIP, The Children’s Health Insurance Program, is still in limbo and AR Kids need to receive federal funding by September 30th to stay intact.
The clock is ticking for congress to approve funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides million of dollars to keep kids insured in Arkansas.
AR Kids advocates said with Tuesday’s decision, they’re relieved children’s health care may be back on congress’ agenda.
“With this bill going down today, we hope that senators will turn their attention back toward kid’s coverage,” said Laura Kellams, NWA Director, AR Advocates for Children & Families.
120,000 Arkansas children are insured under AR Kids.
Kellams said children’s coverage could be in danger if congress doesn’t meet the dealine to provide funding for CHIP.
“We have a bi-partisian deal being worked in the US senate to make sure children’s healthcare coverage continued. But we were concerned when lawmakers attention turned towards a devisive health bill,” explained Kellams.
Now that the Graham-Cassidy bill is dead, Kellams has her fingers crossed congress will make children’s health their priority again.
“We hope this controversial bill being set aside at least for now will allow senators to go back and concentrate on this important coverage for kids,” said Kellams.
She said with the deadline just days away, she hopes both sides of the aisle can work together to keep millions of kids across the country and here in Arkansas insured.
“We can now go back to a more bi-partisan solution. We all recognize that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect. But now we can go back to a process with Democrats and Republicans are working together and really doing what’s best for our families in Arkansas,” said Kellams.
Kellams doesn’t want families insured under AR Kids to be too concerned if funding isn’t approved by the deadline. If congress approves funding close to the deadline, their coverage will be maintained.