MT's Children's Insurance Program (CHIP) in Danger
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) 12 days ago
As if there isn't enough bad news these days, the Children's Insurance Program (CHIP) that covers 24,000 of Montana's children has not been refunded by Congress. This is another reason to call Senator Daines and Rep. Gianforte and request they vote to re-fund the CHIP Program. Senator Daines' office is (202) 224-2651 and Rep. Gianforte's number is (202) 225-3211

"If funding for the federal Children's Health Insurance Program is not renewed soon, by mid-December the state health department will send out letters to families of the 24,000 Montana kids covered under the program, letting them know it will run out of funding at the end of January.

In Montana, CHIP operates under the Healthy Montana Kids program. CHIP covers families with incomes of up to 261 percent of the federal poverty level, or $64,206 for two parents with two children. CHIP-funded Medicaid expansion covers families that earn up to 143 percent of the federal poverty level, or $35,178 for two parents and two children."

http://billingsgazette.co...e-latest-2

Here are several articles that deal with the CHIP funding problem:

http://helenair.com/news/...f6756.html

https://www.washingtonpos...d8392bcd06

http://www.kpax.com/story...ip-program

http://helenair.com/news/...c4d36.html

http://www.greatfallstrib...875998001/

http://kcap.com/8059-2/
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8861) 12 days ago
If the poor starve or die or freeze because they can't afford food or heat or medical care, why should Republicans care? As long as the rich get richer, all is right in Republicanland.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+2033) 12 days ago
I just read this post, http://www.msnbc.com/rach..._fb_maddow

If you don't have time to read it, he says that they just do not have the money.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+10118) 11 days ago
Hatred of the poor is one of the principal tenets of being a Republican. This should surprise no one.
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-138) 11 days ago
More times than not, being poor is a choice of a string of bad decisions. People have a choice to change in a lot of circumstances. Sad but true, taking the easy way out is no excuse.
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Posted by gypsykim (+1519) 11 days ago
Children don't have "choices" about being poor--ever. And I don't know any adults that"choose" to be poor. And children deserve to be covered by health insurance regardless of their income level or that of their parents. If they can't get health insurance, they will take their child to the emergency room--which costs all of us more in the long run.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+10118) 9 days ago
Reply to The man from snowy plains (#374013)
The man from snowy plains wrote:
More times than not, being poor is a choice of a string of bad decisions. People have a choice to change in a lot of circumstances. Sad but true, taking the easy way out is no excuse.


And we all know those bad decisions usually involves booze, women, and movies.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8861) 8 days ago
Yup, we are all poor because of our drinking and womanizing. The working hard for our entire adult lives while trying desperately to save a few pennies here and there proves we are lazy. We should have inherited money like tRump did.

[Edited by Amorette Allison (12/5/2017 11:16:01 AM)]
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) 8 days ago
Here's the latest Billings Gazette opinion on the Children's Heath Insurance Program (CHIP):

"GOP Withholds Kids' Health Funds," Billings Gazette, December 5, 2017

http://billingsgazette.co...3599e.html
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