ACMSS Applauds House Proposal to Renew CHIP and Cover 9 Million Children

ACMSS Applauds House Proposal to Renew CHIP and Cover 9 Million Children

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ACMSS Applauds House Proposal to Renew CHIP and Cover 9 Million Children

CONTACT: Kristin Hagen, CMSS, CPHIMS
Executive Director, American College of Medical Scribe Specialists
(800) 987-3692

ORANGE, Calif., January 17, 2018. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) applauds a House proposal as part of a stopgap funding bill to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, providing health coverage for approximately 9 million low-income children nationwide. CHIP is a major component of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The vote is expected tomorrow, with the deadline of Friday for Congress to act on the spending bill.

“CHIP and MACRA must be preserved to provide much-need support for this vulnerable population,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “Action needs to be taken now because some states are quickly running out of money to cover these children.”

The deadline to renew CHIP for the originally proposed five years passed on September 30. A temporary spending bill was passed in late December that included $3 billion to fund the program through March.  CHIP is now under consideration as part of a spending bill being negotiated now in Congress. The major argument over CHIP is how it will be funded.

“The Congressional Budget Office last week estimated that if CHIP were reauthorized for 10 years instead of 5, as originally proposed, it would save the federal government $6 billion,” said Hagen.  “So now more than ever there should be bipartisan support for funding CHIP, as there has been in the past.  After the CBO report, ACMSS would rather see the Congress pass a spending bill that includes reauthorizing CHIP for 10 years rather than the originally proposed 5-year authorization, since the savings could be substantial and the coverage is so vital.”

ACMSS is committed in 2018 to a continued transformation toward a value-based, patient-centric, patient-safe healthcare system that is outlined by MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. ACMSS enables clinicians and practices to progress through the MACRA Quality Payment Program, in the pursuit of preventive health care and focus on wellness for patients.

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 19,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,900 medical institutions. ACMSS works continually with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on compliance issues and is a member of the CMS “Clinician Voices” group, advocating for advances in national standards. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist industry through certification, public advocacy, secure innovative systems design, individualized and customized consulting, and continuing education for improved care coordination and patient-centric care toward wellness.  

ACMSS offers several pathways for Certified Medical Scribe Specialists. Please contact ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-987-3692 if you have any questions regarding the ACMSS program and/or materials. 

 
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