A 20 year old program designed to help children expired at the beginning of the month and has put their health at risk.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on Sunday, Oct. 1, and put nearly nine million children at risk nationwide.
The CHIP program is an insurance program to help low income families who do not have access to health care.
Concentrated down to the state of Missouri nearly 80,000 children will feel the blow if the program is not renewed.
“I know it would dramatically affect our health department on the funding side and for the county it would affect all children under 19 that are covered under C.H.I.P.,” Pike County Health Department Home Health and Hospice Administrator Rhonda Stumbaugh said.
“I talked with a contact that I have from the Centers for Local Public Agency and they said there is still some hope and Congress is still in discussions.”
The minimum requirement to qualify for the program is one household size of a maximum $36,180 per year income, according to the Missouri CHIP program website.
The maximum requirement is an eight household size is $123,960.
Any households with more than eight people can add $12,540 per additional person to calculate their maximums.
The program covers dental visits, vision, prescription drugs, vaccines, hospital care, x-rays and lab tests.
The program began in 1997.