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Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Update

Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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From the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Last week, the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services released an informational bulletin titled, "Programmatic and Financial Information Regarding CHIP in a Federal Funding Shortfall." The bulletin describes the options states have for transitioning children from Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to other sources of coverage, actions for states to consider as they make these changes, implications for CHIP-funded Medicaid expansion programs, key federal requirements for making programmatic changes, and other operational information. The bulletin comes more than a month after Congress failed to extend federal funding for CHIP.

As a reminder, the House passed its CHIP funding bill, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act of 2017, earlier this month. While the bill includes sound policy that pediatricians support-extending CHIP for five years, stabilizing enrollment, and preserving current funding levels through 2019, it is paid for in a way that may harm children's health and is unlikely to pass the Senate in its current form. Here is the AAP's statement in response to the House bill.