27 Oct The State of the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Last month, Congress failed to act to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP is a program that helps families obtain health insurance coverage for their children who have low to moderate incomes that land above the eligibility threshold for Medicaid. CHIP is federally-funded but administered by the states. Although Congress didn’t act to fund the program last month, most states had some reserves, but without a steady flow of funding, some state CHIP programs are beginning to have some problems.
As reported by Kaiser Health News, several sources have indicated that the House is planning to vote on a renewal of funding for this program next week. For a point of reference, please see the map below for total CHIP expenditures by state.
We’ll bring you further information on this important program as it becomes available.