Children's Health Insurance Program

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Photo: Ed Cunicelli, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Latest Update

Congress extended funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for an additional 10 years. This new extension, combined with previously approved funding, ensures CHIP and critical program components for a decade to come. Children's hospitals advocated strongly for a long-term extension to give states and families crucial predictability and security.

 



Resources

Talking Points
Contact Lawmakers: Setting a Benchmark Payment Rate Could Impede Access to Pediatric Care
July 18, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation to address surprise medical bills. Talking points on surprise billing are available.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Proposed Rule to Roll Back Non-discrimination Protections
July 12, 2019

HHS released a proposed rule to roll back key aspects of a former rule that implemented the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions, known as Section 1557.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Price and Quality Transparency Executive Order
June 28, 2019

On June 21, the president issued an executive order (EO) that instructs several federal agencies to take a variety of actions to increase health care price, quality, and data transparency.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Comments on Inflation Index Changes and Impact on Poverty Thresholds
June 21, 2019

CHA submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on possible changes to the inflation index used to annually update the federal poverty threshold.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of TX ACA Court Ruling
March 28, 2019

The Texas Federal District Court issued a ruling that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law unconstitutional.

Talking Points
CHIP: A Bipartisan Success Story
January 16, 2019

Children's hospitals applaud Congress for passing a 10-year CHIP extension, providing stability for millions of children who rely on CHIP.

Letter or Testimony
Summary on Public Charge Proposed Rule
December 14, 2018

The proposed rule would be problematic for children since it does not recognize the importance of Medicaid and CHIP in the coverage landscape for children, particularly those with chronic or complex conditions who qualify based on medical need.

Fact Sheet
Health Care Coverage Sources for America’s Children
October 3, 2018

Children receive health care coverage through an array of programs that protects our nation’s kids, and investment in that system remains critical.

Letter or Testimony
CHIP Rescissions Group Letter
May 11, 2018

CHA and over 500 other organizations signed a letter to Congress opposing the proposed CHIP rescissions.

Analysis or Summary
MACPAC Reports to Congress
April 9, 2018

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) releases reports to Congress in March and June each year on different aspects of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Press Release
Bipartisan Funding Bill Supports Children's Health
February 9, 2018

Children's hospitals encourage Congress to continue recognizing our national priority to invest in children’s health.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Welcomes Four-year CHIP Extension in Senate's Continuing Resolution
February 8, 2018

Children's hospitals thank Senate leadership for including a four-year extension of CHIP in the Senate's continuing resolution.

Press Release
Children’s Hospitals Applaud CHIP Funding Extension
January 22, 2018

This extension will provide strong, stable funding for state CHIP programs and certainty for families.

Press Release
New Survey Results Showing American Voters Overwhelmingly Support Funding CHIP
January 18, 2018

American voters support funding CHIP for five years. This is true in every region and key sub-group, including across party lines.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals to Congress: Kids Can't Wait, Fund CHIP Now
January 18, 2018

Congress should pass a long-term extension of CHIP that will provide security for millions of kids.

Press Release
Children’s Hospitals to Congress: Failure to Fully Extend CHIP Fails Children
December 21, 2017

Children’s hospitals call on Congress to immediately extend CHIP funding for five years when it reconvenes in January 2018.

Press Release
Statement of Leading Children's Health Medical and Advocacy Organizations: Short-term CHIP Funding Falls Short for Children
December 21, 2017

A joint statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project, Children’s Hospital Association, Family Voices, First Focus Campaign for Children, March of Dimes and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Press Release
Children's Groups Statement: Extend CHIP Now
December 8, 2017

The Children’s Hospital Association, along with other leading children’s health, medical and advocacy organizations, released a statement calling on Congress to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Article
Two Months After Expiration—Questions About Where CHIP Stands
November 28, 2017

Families are counting on Congress to ensure their children don't lose health insurance.

Article
The Word on the Hill: The Health Care Debate and its Effect on Kids
November 15, 2017

Public policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. can affect the everyday operations of children's hospitals. Here's what went on so far in 2017 in the nation's capital, what may happen in the near future, and potential ramifications for children's hospitals and the kids they serve.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate Trump Nominee Alex Azar
November 13, 2017

Alex Azar has a long-standing government career as a leader on health issues, first as HHS General Counsel, and then as HHS Deputy Secretary.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Renew Call for Bipartisan CHIP Extension
October 31, 2017

If CHIP funding is not extended soon, CHIP-enrolled children may become underinsured or uninsured altogether.

Press Release
The New Importance of Children in America: A Wake-up Call for Policymakers
October 12, 2017

A new study finds massive demographic changes that will create challenges and elevate the economic role of next generations.

Report
The New Importance of Children in America
October 11, 2017

Massive demographic changes are converging to make investing in children more important than ever. It is a strong wake-up call for policymakers.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Call on Congress to Act Now to Pass CHIP Legislation
October 4, 2017

The House and Senate both approved bills calling for a five-year extension of CHIP.

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