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Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients. But fewer than half of kids ages 10 to 17 were getting routine annual physical exams.

November 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

Experts explain why lead found In fidget spinners is no idle threat

That fidget spinner your kid can’t put down? It turns out it may be putting children at risk for lead exposure. That’s according to a report out Thursday from a consumer advocacy group, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Inflatable attractions like bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides have increased in popularity in recent decades. But they can be dangerous and they are often unregulated. A Stateline analysis estimates bounce houses were involved in 20,700 injuries last year.

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

The mutations, which occurred in children but not their parents, were found in both protein-coding and regulatory portions of the genome, researchers report.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

The serious form of the Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) typically strikes boys between ages 4 and 10. Most are diagnosed too late for treatment to be successful, and they often die before their 10th birthday.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Nearly 8 million kids participated in high school sports last year, the most in U.S. history. The shocking deaths of young student-athletes have prompted some states to weigh major changes.

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visitor programs help new parents raise healthy children and overcome poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence. The federal home visiting program provided guidance to 160,000 parents and children in 2016 – but its funding is now in doubt.

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More