CHIP Funding Extended for Six Years

Earlier this month, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) extending Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding for six years. The program provides affordable, comprehensive health insurance for children in families with too much income to qualify for Medicaid, but struggle to afford private insurance. Some states had to temporarily close enrollment or post notices about coverage loss after CHIP expired on September 30, 2017.

Joan Alker analyzed the issue in a Georgetown University Health Policy Institute piece.

President Trump signed the CR into law earlier today. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Brugess (R-TX) stated that, “today is a win for the millions of kids and their families that rely on CHIP and its vital services. After a completely unnecessary and avoidable shutdown, families across the country can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will continue having access to affordable, quality health insurance.”