Issue Briefs | Mar 23, 2018

Children’s Health Insurance Program Extended through Fiscal Year 2027

Allison Orris and Patricia Boozang, Manatt Health

CHIP covers nearly 9 million children and is a key contributor to record-low levels of uninsurance among children. However, Congress only provided funding for CHIP through FY 2017, which ended September 30. After a series of short-term patches that left states with a great deal of uncertainty, Congress passed a six-year extension of CHIP in January. Three weeks later, on February 9, Congress extended the program for another four years, reauthorizing the program through FY 2027. This issue brief summarizes key features of the 10-year CHIP extension. The State Health Policy Highlight, Extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, provides a high-level overview of the funding extension.