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What is CHIP? 7 things to know about the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Amid efforts to unsuccessfully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the fall, lawmakers let the Children’s Health Insurance Program (or CHIP) to expire on Sept. 30.

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And now, doctors and patients are worried that money for the program, which provides 9 million kids across the country with low-cost health insurance, will run out.

In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 16 states expect to run out of CHIP reserve funds by the end of January, and three-quarters of the states expect to run out by March.

In a tearful monologue Monday with his infant son, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel blasted Congress for failing to reauthorize the program.

“This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids,” Kimmel said. “It’s always had bipartisan support, but this year, they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their billionaire and millionaire donors.”

Several lawmakers, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy spoke out following Kimmel’s speech.

>> Related: Your guide to health care changes in Georgia

>> Related: Consumed by Obamacare repeal, Congress lets several beloved health programs expire

Here are 7 things to know about CHIP:

What is CHIP?

According to HealthCare.gov, CHIP is a no-cost or low-cost health insurance program that provides coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but who can’t afford private coverage.

The program is funded by both states and the federal government, but it is state-administered, meaning each state sets their own guidelines on eligibility and services.

In Georgia, the CHIP program is PeachCare for Kids.

CHIP’s history

In 1997, Congress passed Title XXI of the Social Security Act, which enabled states to create programs for the growing number of uninsured children in the country.

The program was created during the Clinton administration by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. At the time, 10 million children were without health insurance and many of those children were part of working families with incomes slightly above states’ Medicaid eligibility levels, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

>> Related: 5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) reauthorized CHIP in April 2009.

The next year, the Affordable Care Act contained provisions to strengthen the program and later extended CHIP funding until September 30, 2015. It also required states to maintain eligibility standards through 2019. 

By 2015, 18 years after its enactment, 3.3 million children in the U.S. were without health insurance.

In October 2017, however, Congress missed a deadline to reauthorize CHIP, which expired on Sept. 30.

>> Related: How well is Georgia caring for its children?

“Lawmakers and staffers in Congress say CHIP funding will likely be included in an end-of-year spending bill,” NPR reported Tuesday. “But as of now, there is no CHIP funding bill scheduled for consideration.”

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Grocery store helps reunite toddler with lost stuffed rabbit named Rabby

A 3-year-old Texas boy was reunited with his beloved stuffed animal thanks to a Round Rock grocery store, caring community members and social media. 

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According to a Facebook post by Ashley Inglet Sanchez, she and her son Noah were at the H-E-B grocery Friday night shopping for a Christmas party. When they were leaving the store, Noah realized his favorite stuffed animal, a rabbit named Rabby, was nowhere in sight. 

Determined to find his closest companion, Noah convinced his mother to return to the store. Sanchez and her son placed the groceries in the car before retracing their footsteps and asking the floor manager and business center for help. With little success, the family left the store and went home hoping they would be contacted with good news about Rabby.

Once the groceries were put away, Sanchez posted a photo of the rabbit on her Facebook and the “People of Round Rock”community page before deciding to head back to H-E-B for a second search. With her husband, Jason, and her baby daughter, Zoey, the family scoped the market a second time. No luck.

>> Related: Father’s heart-warming talk with emotional 6-year-old daughter goes viral

But news traveled fast. Sanchez was shocked when she received a handful of Facebook notifications with people commenting and sharing her posts about Rabby. One message in particular caught her eye.

“It was from a lady who said she showed my post to her husband, Lyle Wells, when he got home from work at the HEB on 620. She showed him the picture of the missing rabbit and he knew right away where he was,” the post read.

Rabby was safely handed to the floor manager, Lisa, who offered to drive him across town in case he could not be picked up.

As Jason made his way to the store, a text from Lisa to Sanchez revealed that the stuffed animal was in perfect condition and covered in H-E-B gear. Lisa told Sanchez to let Noah know about all the adventures Rabby had at the store, which included helping at the deli and checking out customers. 

>> Related: 6-year-old boy makes $11 million doing toy reviews on YouTube

“I just couldn’t believe how so many people went out of their way to help a three year old boy find his favorite most treasured stuffed animal, Rabby,” Sanchez said in the post. “It was a nice reminder during this season of giving of how people need to slow down, really help those in need — no matter the need and spread kindness.”

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Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Rose McGowan took to Twitter to attack her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano, after the latter appeared on television and voiced her supporter of Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein’s now estranged wife.

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Milano appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week and chatted with the host about her friend Chapman — with whom she worked on “Project Runway: All Stars.” Chapman announced in October said that she was leaving Weinstein after 10 years of marriage in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by numerous women.

“Georgina is doing very well … she’s an amazing woman, and I think her priority right now is focusing on how to raise those two children to the best of her capacity given the situation,” Milano said. “She goes through very dark times. She’s very sad. This is not easy for her, but I have no doubt that not only will she come out on the other side of this, but she deserves to. She’s a good woman.”

In response, a furious McGowan tweeted “You make me want to vomit. You actually gave me a body flashback. Well done, fake one.”

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McGowan then suggested that Milano and Chapman should “call up Camille Cosby” — the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, who stood by her husband after several sexual assault allegations.

McGowan was one of the first women to publicly speak out against Weinstein. She also slammed actor Ben Affleck after former MTV VA Hilarie Burton accused him of groping her during a taping of “TRL.” Affleck has since apologized on Twitter.

McGowan alleged that she was part of a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following an encounter in a hotel room in an explosive New York Times article.

Back in October, she was suspended from Twitter for violating the social media site’s rules.

>> Related: Angelina Jolie talks Brad Pitt, says last film together may have mirrored relationship

The actress took to Instagram to voice her frustrations with a screenshot of her Twitter account that stated the “account violated the Twitter Rules” and they “temporarily limited some of [the] account features.”

“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY,” McGowan added in the caption.

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday.

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More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced his plan to run for office. The allegations span decades.

The president has repeatedly denied the claims.

The chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, said Tuesday that “the time is right to get the truth” about the allegations. She said a letter requesting a congressional investigation had garnered more than 100 signatures from Democratic lawmakers by Tuesday afternoon.

>> Related: Who is accusing Trump of sexual misconduct?

“The #MeToo movement has arrived,” Frankel said. “Sexual abuse will not be tolerated, whether it’s by a Hollywood producer, the chef of a restaurant, a member of Congress or the president of the United States.”

The letter, sent to the chair and vice chair of the House Oversight Committee, said that the president has made statements that have appeared to give credence to the allegations against him.

“The President has boasted in public and in crude terms that he feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women,” the letter said, referencing a 2005 video from “Access Hollywood” in which Trump could be heard making crude comments about women. 

“Subsequently, Mr. Trump apologized and called it ‘locker room talk.’ He has since called all his accusers liars.”

>> Related: Melania Trump defends husband's lewd comments about women as 'boy talk'

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, the vice president of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, said Tuesday that Americans “deserve to have a thorough investigation that will reveal the facts.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the call for an investigation as unnecessary and unwanted by the American people.

“The president has answered these questions,” she said Tuesday at a news briefing. “He has spoken to these accusations and denied and pushed that they are all false and fabricated accusations. Frankly, I think if Congress wants to spend time investigating things they should prob focus on some of the thins that the American people would really like to investigate, like how to secure our borders, how to defeat ISIS (or) how to pass tax reform that actually impacts them.”

Four of Trump’s accusers on Monday called on Congress to investigate Trump’s behavior. Rachel Crooks, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Lisa Boyne first accused Trump of sexual harassment in the run-up to last year’s election.

“They’ve investigated other Congress members, so I think it only stands fair that (Trump) be investigated as well,” Holvey said Monday at a news conference. “I think also a nonpartisan investigation is very important, not just for him but for anybody that has allegations against them. This isn’t a partisan issue. This is how women are treated every day.”

The pressure to investigate Trump’s actions has grown as the “#MeToo” movement has encouraged more women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. Earlier this month, three lawmakers announced their intention to resign or retire amid sexual harassment scandals.

>> Related: Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, announced last week that he plans to resign in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levied against him by several women. He was accused of groping women as they posed for photos with him and forcibly kissing at least two people.

Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of Congress, submitted his resignation last week after he was accused of sexually harassing several women who worked for him. Conyers, D-Michigan, denied the allegations but said he decided to retire because of health concerns. The 88-year-old congressman was hospitalized in Michigan earlier this month.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, said last week that he plans to resign from his seat by the end of January after the House Ethics Committee announced it was investigating allegations of sexual harassment levied against him by his former employees.

Americans write ‘Dear Alabama’ pleas on Twitter as Moore, Jones face off

Americans turned to social media on Tuesday to express their feelings about the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

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“Dear Alabama” began trending as the nation watched and reacted to whether Alabama residents would elect Republican Roy Moore or Democrat Doug Jones.

>> Related: Moore, Jones both face steep hills in Alabama Senate election

The Jones campaign got a major boost in the largely Republican state after Moore was accused of dating girls as young as 14-years-old when he was a prosecutor.

But the polls have been all over the place, and so have the comments on Twitter, as some Americans fiercely supported Moore and others suggested that voting for him would represent a lapse in good moral judgement.

Mother, daughter arrested, accused of beating student at bus stop

A mother and daughter accused of beating an Atlanta Public School student at a bus stop last month have been arrested. 

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Tayza Danielle Harris and daughter Chelsea Monicque Harris remain in the Fulton County Jail on aggravated assault, aggravated battery cruelty to children and disrupting public school charges, according to jail records. 

The women have been on the run for more than a month since the Nov. 3 attack at a bus stop in southwest Atlanta. 

Tayza Harris, 44, and Chelsea, 24, began arguing with the Bunche Middle School student, who was getting on the bus at the time of the attack, according to an Atlanta Public Schools police report. 

Authorities said the student threw his bookbag at Chelsea Harris, who “swung” at him, but missed. 

The two women then began attacking the boy, with one of them pulling out a knife and stabbing him, according to the report. He suffered cuts on his head, right hand and ear. 

At one point, police said, Tayza Harris’ son joined in on the fight. 

>> Related: Georgia trucker runs over disabled wife in argument over his ‘infidelity’

Through her lawyer, Tayza Harris denied the charges and said the student was attacking her son, WSB-TV reported. 

6-year-old boy makes $11 million doing toy reviews on YouTube

A 6-year-old boy is making millions for his family by reviewing toys on YouTube.

Forbes list of 2017’s highest-paid YouTube stars has the child, who only goes by Ryan and is the face of the Ryan ToysReview channel, is listed as making $11 million pretax income. 

A 2016 profile of Ryan shows that the then-5-year-old started reviewing toys on the website after seeing other kids talking about playthings.

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“Ryan was watching a lot of toy review channels — some of his favorites are EvanTubeHD and Hulyan Maya — because they used to make a lot of videos about Thomas The Tank Engine, and Ryan was super into Thomas,” his mother, who chooses remains anonymous, said in an interview with TubeFilter. “One day, he asked me, ‘How come I’m not on YouTube when all the other kids are?’ So we just decided — yeah, we can do that. Then, we took him to the store to get his very first toy — I think it was a Lego train set — and it all started from there.”

2016 profile of Ryan in The Verge says Ryan’s mother started the channel at 3 years old. In under two years time, he surpassed the number of subscribers of the two channels that inspired him. His mother has been able to quit her job as a high school chemistry teacher to devote herself to Ryan’s channel full time. The Washington Post reported that Ryan’s last name and location is kept private.

Today, he has over 10 million subscribers with more than 16.8 billion views on his videos.

Take a look at one of Ryan’s most popular videos, which shows him playing with toys from Disney Pixar’s “Cars,” franchise, below.

Deputies: Man returning home from church killed by alleged drunken driver

A Texas man on his way home from church in Montgomery County was killed by a suspected drunken driver, sheriff’s deputies said.

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The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. Monday on Hardin Store Road near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Magnolia, KTRK reported.

Witnesses said a man driving a silver pickup truck crashed head-on into a black pickup, whose driver was headed home from a nearby church, KTRK reported.

The driver of the silver pickup was taken to the hospital in serious condition after being cut out of the truck.

Deputies said the driver of the silver truck will face charges, KTRK reported.

The Biggest Breakups Of 2017

The Biggest Breakups Of 2017
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