27 Jan 2018 Red Tree With a Shattered Base (CHIP Program and Clean Air Act Deregulation by EPA)

27 Jan 2018 – Red tree with shattered base after I found about CHIP funding issues. I don’t have my own children but care about everyone else’s! You don’t use innocent children for pawns in adult “games.” Not now, not EVER!  Perfect!https://www.biblegateway.com/: Verse for today – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. “Ephesians 6:12-13”

This morning is off to a smashing start. I was printing off a form we need for doing our taxes and decided to check and see if the government was still shut-down. Well in doing this, I saw an the article that mentioned something about CHIP not being funded now and I lost it. Making children pawns again – sickening. Kyle and I can go without, innocent children cannot.

So I channeled my anger through the end of a duster and ended up sending a tree with red stones I had made for our dog Blondie after she passed flying. It hit the tile and shattered all over the place. After I picked up the pieces, I felt this was a very symbolic thing that a red tree would lose it’s foundation and shatter into a million pieces. How very like the current Republican Party this. I’m not saying the Democrats or any other faction in our government is much better. The break-down is just more obvious with the Republican Party because they are *cough operating so much of it right now. What I see is a bunch of people who have forgotten they are public servants not lords and ladies….emperors and empresses. Little changes does it? Look back through history and all we have are different faces and places but the same songs from the lips of the rich and the poor.

I won’t belabor things. For those reading from places other than the United States, I am providing info about what CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is and why it’s so important. As of 2016, 8.9 MILLION children were depending on it and I’m sure those numbers are much greater today. I live in a country run by people that proclaim they are “pro-life” and yet most everything they say and subsequently do contradicts that proclamation. Leadership via hypocricy….do as I say not as I do. It’s not new, it’s always been this way I think. I’m just catching up as is a growing swell of others who are seeing the betrayal. We have been betrayed…..544 plus “Judas’s.”

What is CHIP –

https://www.medicaid.gov/chip/index.html

*2016 8.9 million children enrolled

Overview

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

https://www.kff.org/medicaid/fact-sheet/summary-of-the-2018-chip-funding-extension/

Summary of the 2018 CHIP Funding Extension

Jan 24, 2018

On January 22, 2018, Congress passed a six-year extension of CHIP funding as part of a broader continuing resolution to fund the federal government. Federal funding for CHIP had expired on September 30, 2017. Without additional funding available, states operated their CHIP programs using remaining funds from previous years. However, some states came close to exhausting funding, leading them to make contingency plans to reduce coverage and notify families of potential coverage reductions. In late December 2017, Congress provided some short-term funding for early 2018, but some states still expected to exhaust funds by March 2018. The six-year funding extension provides stable funding for states to continue their CHIP coverage. This fact sheetprovides a summary of key provisions of the CHIP funding extension (Table 1). In sum, it:

What’s in the #CHIP funding extension passed by #Congress?

Provides federal funding for CHIP for six years, from FY2018 through FY2023.

Continues the 23 percentage point enhanced federal match rate for CHIP that was established by the Affordable Care Act, but reduces the federal match rate to the regular CHIP rate over time.

Extends the requirement for states to maintain for coverage for children from 2019 through 2023; after October 1, 2019, the requirement is limited to children in families with incomes at or below 300% FPL.

Table 1: Key Provisions of the HEALTHY KIDS Act (H.R. 195, Division C)
CHIP Funding Extends federal CHIP funding for 6 years, from FY2018 through FY2023.

Makes some adjustments to avoid duplicate payments given the short-term federal funding provided for the first quarter of FY2018.

Extends Child Enrollment Contingency Fund payments for states with a funding shortfall and CHIP enrollment exceeding a state-specific target level.

Extends the qualifying states option that allows states that expanded Medicaid before CHIP was created in 1997 to receive CHIP matching funds for some children enrolled in Medicaid.

Federal Match Rate Continues the 23 percentage point CHIP enhanced federal match rate established by the Affordable Care Act for FY2018 and FY2019, decreases it to 11.5 percentage points in FY2020, and returns to the regular CHIP match rate for FY2021through FY2023.
Express Lane Eligibility Extends authority for states to rely on findings from agencies such as those that administer TANF or SNAP for initial Medicaid/CHIP eligibility determinations and renewals through FY2023.
Maintenance of Effort Extends states’ maintenance of effort requirements to maintain coverage for children from FY2019 through FY2023. After October 1, 2019, the maintenance of effort requirement would only apply to children in families with incomes at or below 300% FPL.
Demonstration Project Funding Extends federal funding for the childhood obesity demonstration project and pediatric quality measures program for FY2018 through FY2023.
Outreach and Enrollment Funding Extends federal funding for CHIP outreach and enrollment grants from FY2018 through FY2023.

Specifies that organizations that utilize parent mentors are able to receive grant funding and that any income or stipend a parent receives through this grant funding should not be considered in Medicaid eligibility determinations.

CHIP Risk Pools Allows states to include CHIP children and those in look-alike programs in the same risk pool and specifies that CHIP look-alike programs qualify as minimum essential coverage. Look-alike programs are for children under 18 who are ineligible for Medicaid and CHIP and purchase coverage through the state that provides benefits at least identical to CHIP funded through non-Federal funds including premiums.
Medicaid Improvement Fund Adds $980 million to the fund to reduce state costs associated with claims systems beginning in FY2023.

and then this……do you see the contradictions? We don’t want women to get abortions but the children, adults and elderly those fetuses will eventually become?!  Meh!  Who gives a fuck about them!  They are a commodity just like everything else on this planet.  To be used, bought and sold like cattle.   This kind of policy shows me the true colors of our current Government. Hypocrisy, lies, manipulation and theft rule this country and who is still getting paid?!  If it were up to me, I’d be handing them cardboard boxes full of their shit and pink slips — go do something else because you are obviously not good at this!  So tired of these games.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/26/politics/epa-clean-air-act-policy/index.html

EPA withdraws regulation on ‘major sources’ of pollution

The “once in always in” policy was first implemented in 1995 under the Clean Air Act

The announcement follows several administration moves to roll back environmental regulations

Washington (CNN)The Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing a policy that requires facilities, such as power plants, that are “major” sources of hazardous air pollutants to remain classified as major sources even if they lowered their emissions.

Rolling back the policy, which was first implemented in 1995 under the Clean Air Act, follows several moves by the Trump administration to rescind environmental regulations. Environmentalists charge that the moves have often had the effect of benefiting the industries the agency is supposed to be regulating, as opposed to protecting health and the environment.

The move allows major facilities to be reclassified as “area” sources after they reduce the air toxins they emit to levels below what defines a major source. A major source, according to the EPA’s standards, emits 10 tons or more of pollutants a year or 25 tons or more of a combination of pollutants.

The EPA argued that the “once in always in” policy has been a “longstanding disincentive” to pursue technology that would cut pollution.

“It will reduce regulatory burden for industries and the states, while continuing to ensure stringent and effective controls on hazardous air pollutants,” Bill Wehrum, the assistant administrator of the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement.

The agency said it also had no statutory authority under the Clean Air Act to enforce a time limit on when a facility can be reclassified as an area source.

John Coequyt, the global climate policy director for the environmental group Sierra Club, called it an “appalling attack” on public health and clear air.

“(President Donald) Trump and (EPA Administrator Scott) Pruitt are essentially creating a massive loophole that will result in huge amounts of toxic mercury, arsenic, and lead being poured into the air we breathe, meaning this change is a threat to anyone who breathes and a benefit only to dangerous corporate polluters,” Coequyt said in a statement.

 

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