MN Children Health Insurance Program Needs Congress To Act Now!


ANCHOR: One of them is Minnesota Before the deadline expired, Emily Piper who runs the Department of Human Services there Sent a warning letter to Minnesota’s delegation about the urgency Saying her department must “take extraordinary measures” to keep these kids covered

I spoke to her, I asked her what’s she’s hearing from families in her community MN DHS SECRETARY: Well thanks for having me today You know I think families that receive CHIP and kids that receive CHIP are just like every other family They want to make sure that they can take their kid to the doctor when they need too That if they’re pregnant, they’re not pregnant on a month by month basis

So they want to make sure they have prenatal coverage for themselves and for their babies And they want their family to be healthy And they want the programs that we provide to work for them ANCHOR: As we’ve been covering this, this used to be a bipartisan thing Credit used to go to Democrats and Republicans for it

Now all of a sudden it’s the Republican congress that blew as you know Blew through the deadline and so the money that we’ve been tracking here One of the B-producers found this figure Minnesota got $35 million as extra just to get through this patch period along with some other states How does that work? Are you blowing through that money? Are you worried about what happens when you run out of it? MN DHS SECRETARY: Well we’re spending that money and we got emergency appropriation For the month of October We’ll get another one for the month of November But we have to make a decision this month as to how we’re going to pay For this really important program as a state and how long can we Based on moving money around and changing how we budget for as long as we can To ensure that people have coverage that they need

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