Montana can proceed funding CHIP via mid-March

Ruben Ruiz
January 21, 2018

With funding for the government about to run out, Republicans pushed this week for a one-month stopgap spending bill to keep the government open until mid-February, while they try to divine what would make the president happy on the rest.

But Democrats are under heavy pressure to oppose any spending bill that does not protect the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, who are now shielded from deportation from an Obama-era initiative that Trump rescinded.

Without an extension in place, families that rely on CHIP to provide health coverage for their kids are on edge. Matthews says more than 23,000 Montana children would be at risk of losing coverage if CHIP isn't re-authorized.

"The Democrats in the Senate have been very consistent in clamoring for addressing the children's health care program", McConnell said on Wednesday.

CHIP actually flatlined in September, when Congress initially failed to renew funding.

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But here's why so many people are asking did the government shut down: Republicans already agreed to include a CHIP extension in the bill as a sweetener to Democrats. It would also postpone two unpopular measures in the Affordable Care Act that tax medical devices and high-value "Cadillac" insurance plans.

Passing on a 230 to 197 vote Thursday night.

Efforts to save CHIP have bipartisan support. As I have said before, Nevada's ability to provide CHIP to these children is coming to a preventable end because of the elimination of federal funding.

But the CHIP program has become a major poker piece in the ongoing budget talks in Washington.

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