CHIP Funding Cuts Could Hit States Like Florida The Hardest

May 15, 2018
Originally published on May 15, 2018 10:15 am

A program that provides health insurance for 8 million children in Florida might lose $7 billion dollars in funding. UCF professor of health management Meredith Robertson says without it, some children who are not covered by Medicaid, could lose their insurance.

“So every time you have people losing health insurance there’s a consequence to the provider network, to health insurance payers, to employers that are paying for just the parents.”

Robertson says along with emergency care, the Children’s Health Insurance Program pays for preventative services like vaccinations.

A Georgetown University study found the state had some of the lowest rates of uninsured children but this could change with funding cuts to the CHIP program.

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