Congress Misses Sept 30 Deadline to Renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

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October 3, 2017

On September 30, 2017, the deadline expired to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides low-cost health insurance to about 9 million children. Though not immediately affected, if Congress does not act to quickly restore the program, many states will exhaust current provisions.

According to a July 2017 Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) report, several states will deplete CHIP funding by the end of this year, with the majority to follow by March 2018. The Senate Finance Committee recently introduced S. 1827, the Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act, to renew CHIP for 5 years. A hearing for this bill is expected to take place this Wednesday, October 4, 2017. In addition, the House Energy & Commerce Committee continues discussions regarding a legislative package that will reauthorize CHIP funding.

Your Academy will continue to closely monitor legislative developments and will provide updates, as available. 

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.