US doctors voice concern over plans to raid public health fund to pay for children’s healthcare

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 08 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5181
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

A US Republican bill to extend the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program will strip money from efforts to prevent infectious disease, lead poisoning, and opioid addiction, say public health advocates.

The Clinton era program known as CHIP—which for 20 years has insured millions of lower income US children—expired on 30 September, halting federal payments to states that administer the program. All states are currently continuing the program using unspent dollars from previous transfers, but these funds will run out in over 30 states by the end of spring 2018.

The Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation (CHAMPION) Bill, sponsored by an Oregon Republican, Greg Walden, aims to restart CHIP …

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