Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File, Top Story

20—number of years since a bipartisan coalition in Congress passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (“9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress just let it expire,” Washington Post, October 1, 2017)

14—percentage of children in the U.S. who were uninsured in 1997 before CHIP began (Ibid)

4.5—percentage of children in the U.S. who were uninsured in 2015 (Ibid)

44—number of days since federal funding for the CHIP expired (“Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at Stake?” Kaiser Family Foundation, November 2, 2017)

10—number of days since the U.S. House passed legislation reauthorizing CHIP but partially paid for it by cutting funding for public health programs and threatening coverage for several hundred thousand people under the Affordable Care Act, making the bill all but certain to fail in the Senate (“House to Vote on Child Health Care, but Funding Will Remain in Limbo, New York Times, November 2, 2017)

8.9 million—number of children in the U.S covered by CHIP that provides health care to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but who cannot access or afford private coverage (“Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at Stake?” Kaiser Family Foundation, November 2, 2017)

256,000—number of children in North Carolina covered by N.C. Health Choice, the states version of CHIP (“Editorial: Burr and Tillis need to lead so 256,650 N.C. kids keep health coverage, WRAL-TV, October 3, 2017)

48—number of states—including North Carolina—that assumed continuation of federal CHIP funding in their FY 2018 state budgets. (“Current Status of State Planning for the Future of CHIP, Kaiser Family Foundation, November 4, 2017)

11—number of states that will run out of federal funding for CHIP by the end of 2017 if Congress does not reauthorize it (“Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at Stake?” Kaiser Family Foundation, November 2, 2017)

32—number of states—including North Carolina—that will exhaust federal funding in the first quarter of 2018 if Congress does not reauthorize it (Ibid)

60—percentage decrease in enrollment in CHIP in Arizona froze enrollment in December 2009 (Ibid)

30—percentage decrease in enrollment in CHIP in North Carolina when the enrollment was frozen between January and October 2001 (Ibid)

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Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
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