State Rep. Mackenzie’s Proposal Preserving Kid’s Health Insurance Coverage for Families Affected by COVID-19 Included in State Budget – InsuranceNewsNet

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5 — The Pennsylvania House Republicans issued the next news release:

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Working to make sure no child loses their health care coverage through the Kid’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Rep. Milou Mackenzie (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) is pleased to announce that her proposal addressing CHIP payments is included on this 12 months’s state budget.

“Because of the mixture of the COVID-19 pandemic and business shutdowns, many families were unable to maintain up with their CHIP premium payments,” said Mackenzie. “It’s of great importance that we ensure children counting on this critical program can keep their coverage.”

The budget includes nearly $23 million to satisfy CHIP arrearages that had accrued through the pandemic when the administration informed insurers to not terminate CHIP enrollees for not paying their premiums.

Under Mackenzie’s House Bill 2072 (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2021&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=2072), a process is established for CHIP contractors to use to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) for federal dollars allocated to the state from the American Rescue Plan. CHIP contractors are allowed to request payments for delinquent premium balances through Dec. 31, 2021.

“I’m pleased that this proposal received overwhelming bipartisan support and shows that ensuring Pennsylvania kid’s ability to retain their health care is a top priority,” continued Mackenzie. “With no plan in place, I used to be concerned that the sudden end to the grace period would create confusion, additional stress and burdens on hundreds of people and families should they begin getting letters from DHS and insurers looking for back payment for any delinquent premium payment. My proposal allows for these delinquent CHIP accounts to be covered by federal dollar surplus to be sure that families dependent upon this program wouldn’t lose their vital health care coverage. I’m so grateful that my solution to this problem has been accepted and is being implemented on this 12 months’s budget.”

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Original text here: https://www.pahousegop.com/News/31165/Latest-News/Mackenzie%E2%80%99s-Proposal-Preserving-Children%E2%80%99s-Health-Insurance-Coverage-for-Families-Affected-by-COVID-19-Included-in-State-Budget

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