Issue Briefs | Oct 30, 2017

Summary of House and Senate CHIP Legislation

Allison Orris, Jocelyn Guyer, and Patricia Boozang, Manatt Health

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers nearly nine million children and is a key contributor to record low levels of uninsurance among children. However, Congress only provided funding for CHIP through fiscal year (FY) 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017 and has not yet acted to authorize new funding for FY 2018. This Issue Brief reviews the current status of state CHIP programs in light of the CHIP funding extension delay and summarizes key features of proposed House and Senate extension legislation.

In addition, State Health and Value Strategies, together with technical assistance experts from Manatt Health, will hold a webinar on CHIP renewal, including the latest developments in Congress and implications for states.