January 15, 2018
At a time when some states say they will soon run out of funding for a popular children’s insurance program, Missouri says its funding is expected to last until June. However, a separate report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families said Missouri and 20 other states were at risk of a funding shortfall in February. That means nearly 1.7 million American children are at risk of losing coverage in February, according to the report, including about 90,000 in Missouri who rely on CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
According to the state’s current timeline, it would need to start warning families about the potential end to the program in April through a formal letter, according to Tim McBride, a health economist with Washington University and chairman of a committee that oversees the Medicaid program.