The Future of CHIP Remains Uncertain

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which helps lower- and middle-income families who earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid, still has not been reauthorized since expiring on September 30, 2017. One-third of U.S. states project they will run out of CHIP funding by the end of the year.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill in November that would extend program funding for five years by, in part, cutting $6.3 billion over 10 years from the Prevention and Public Health Trust Fund, which supports core public health services. The Senate Finance Committee has yet to pass its version of the bill.

The House CHIP measure also addresses delays in scheduled reductions in federal Medicaid payments to hospitals that treat a disproportionate percentage of low-income patients and increases federal Medicaid payments to Puerto Rico to help in its recovery efforts.

Source: Modern Healthcare, December 14, 2017.