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Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at Stake?

by Bill Hayes

In Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at Stake?, the Kaiser Family Foundation discusses how states may lose funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Together with Medicaid, CHIP provides a strong base of coverage for our nation’s children and has helped reduce the nation’s uninsured rate for children to a record low of 5% …. CHIP provides coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but who cannot access or afford private coverage. In 2016, CHIP covered 8.9 million children. All states have expanded coverage to children through CHIP. Some states provide CHIP through a separate CHIP program, some states have a CHIP-funded Medicaid expansion, and some states use a combination of both approaches. Reflecting these expansions, nearly all states cover children in families with incomes up to at least 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), which is $40,840 for a family of three in 2017. [more]