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Future of children’s health insurance program (CHIP) put into question

Health

The Louisiana Weekly, May 24, 2014
By Nayita Wilson

… The challenge, according to Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy group on federal policy and budget issues relating to issues affecting children which coordinated the letter, is that children currently enrolled in CHIP may find themselves uninsured if the program expires and parents can’t afford to go into the private markets.

Additionally, children who are forced to go into the exchange market brought about by ACA, may find themselves in receipt of “inferior” benefits, he said.

“States need to plan,” said Lesley who noted that political reservations amongst Democrats who “don’t want to see Medicare open up” and republicans who “because of their dislike for ACA see anything as bad,” can also hinder actions around CHIP. …