States are about to start running out of CHIP funding while Congress considers reauthorization

So far Congress has failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a federal-state initiative that covers about nine million lower-income kids. Within weeks, states will start running out of money, leaving them scrambling to patch the holes in their budgets or forced to suspend their programs and drop coverage. For pending legislation, see Comparison of the Bills to Extend State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Funding (Nov. 3, 2017 R44989). More generally, for a CRS report describing the basic elements of CHIP, focusing on how the program is designed, who is eligible, what services are covered, how enrollees share in the cost of care, and how the program is financed see State Children’s Health Insurance Program: An Overview (Apr. 23, 2015 R43627). — Joe

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