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What Happened After Congress Failed to Renew CHIP Funding

CHIP stands for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  It 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.

The Medicaid.gov website says that 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP (according to 2016 statistical enrollment data).  Eligibility is based on income.  It covers uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid.  CHIP also covers pregnant women who meet income eligibility requirements.  In 2010, the Affordable Care Act extended CHIP eligibility to state employee’s children (who previously were not eligible, regardless of income.)

Here is what happened when the United States Congress failed to renew funding for CHIP in 2017.

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Book Reviews, fantasy 1 comment on Nameless – by Matthew Rossi

Nameless – by Matthew Rossi

In Nameless, Matthew Rossi created a detailed world where vampires exist and magic is real. Magic can be strengthened by either pain or pleasure – it’s the intensity that matters. Those who use magic can conjure up monsters or heroes from mythology (be it from Greek mythology or modern comic books) and send them into battle.

I found myself wanting to escape into that world which, despite its dangers, seemed to hold more hope than this one. I mean, there’s a battle where Santa and his reindeer fight a giant, antlered, monster man. I love the idea that something as pure and good as Santa, as seen by small children, can effectively take down evil! This particular battle was one of several in the book, and each was so well written that I could almost see it, as though I was watching a movie.

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Candy Crush Saga, Other Video Games 0 comments on Candy Crush Saga: Jelly Jungle

Candy Crush Saga: Jelly Jungle

Episode 21 of Candy Crush Saga is called Jelly Jungle.  It features a cute little dinosaur who is terrified that he will be eaten by a larger dinosaur who is flying overhead. Tiffi, the heroine of the Candy Crush Saga world, offers to help the little dinosaur.

I took a break from Candy Crush Saga after completing Episode 20 in January of 2017.  While I don’t remember exactly when I started playing it again, I am certain I completed Episode 21 on May 23, 2017.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on The Girls of Atomic City – by Denise Kiernan

The Girls of Atomic City – by Denise Kiernan

The history classes you took in school undoubtedly covered at least some portion of World War II. It is unlikely that your history textbooks included information about the incredibly important work that women were doing. The full title of this book is The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of The Women Who Helped Win World War II.  It was written by Denise Kiernan.

Obviously, this book is non-fiction.  It includes a narrative that was based on the interviews that Denise Kiernan did with several women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a town that officially did not exist – at the Clinton Engineer Works – which also did not officially exist.  Secrecy was vitally important because those who were hired were actually working on the atomic bomb.  None of them knew this was what they were doing until after the bomb had been dropped.

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Diablo III, Diablo Seasons 0 comments on Season Journey Chapter IV (Season 12)

Season Journey Chapter IV (Season 12)

While I usually complete Chapter III of the Season Journey with little trouble, I tend to struggle with Chapter IV.  In Season 12, I was very motivated to complete Chapter IV because I really wanted the wings and the portrait frame.  My success was also due to my decision to play a Barbarian in Season 12.  I’ve spent more time playing Barbs than any other class.

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Hearthstone, Other Video Games 0 comments on Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Instructor Razuvious

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas – Instructor Razuvious

Curse of Naxxramas was the first Hearthstone solo content expansion.  I am slowly working my way through it.  When it was first released, players could unlock different wings with either gold or real world currency.  I chose to spend gold.

Instructor Razuvious is the first boss in the Military Quarter of Naxxramas.  My first attempt to beat him ended in failure.  The screenshots in this blog were taken on November 12, 2016.

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Podcasts, Words of Jen 0 comments on The Trump Cup – Episode 031

The Trump Cup – Episode 031

In this episode, I read a piece of writing that I wrote on November 19, 2017, on a Tumblr account that no longer exists.  The piece has been edited for clarity and updated with what happened next.  It is about a bizarre series of poorly planned out protests, most of which happened at Starbucks.

I read “The Trump Cup” in episode 31 of Words of Jen.

Podcasts, Words of Jen 1 comment on The Trump Cup

The Trump Cup

I wrote this on November 19, 2016, on a Tumblr blog that no longer exists.  The events I mention in this piece of writing took place shortly after the 2016 election.  It is about a bizarre, and ineffectual protest, that took place at Starbucks.  As I was posting this piece here, I edited it for clarity.  I also added an update.

I read “The Trump Cup” on episode 31 of my Words of Jen podcast.

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health insurance, Out of Spoons 0 comments on Comment I Wrote Opposing Religious Exemptions for Contraceptive Coverage

Comment I Wrote Opposing Religious Exemptions for Contraceptive Coverage

The federal government is trying, once again, to allow religious employers to refuse to cover contraception in their employee’s health insurance plans. The time limit for voicing opinion on this proposed change closes on December 5, 2017.   This proposed rule change might also take away contraceptive coverage in Medicaid, Medicare, and plans obtained via the Affordable Care Act.

Here is the comment I wrote to make it clear that I oppose allowing religious employers/organizations to refuse to cover contraceptives.

Information on the rule change can be found here.  Please add your comment to oppose this change before December 5, 2017.  Feel free to use some of what I wrote in my comment in the comment you write.

This blog will be updated as this goes through the courts.

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