CHIP Survives Senate Rescission Vote

A move by the Trump administration to claw back nearly $15 in spending from the massive March 23 budget bill has failed in the Senate in a vote eerily similar to last summer’s vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rescission measure would have hit the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) hardest at […]

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CMS Releases State-by-State Medicaid Scorecard

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released what is being called a “Medicaid & CHIP Scorecard” that attempts to compare the timeliness and quality of medical care of the two programs state by state, but a major problem is that reporting by the states is mostly voluntary. “Despite providing health coverage to […]

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Near Death a Month Ago, CHIP Now Has Guaranteed Life Through 2028

When the federal fiscal year ended on Sept. 30, 2017, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) saw its authorization and funding expire. Through late January, several states struggled to keep their CHIP initiatives afloat while Congress failed to agree on permanent funding. Then came the government shutdown. Arising from the ashes of that disaster, a […]

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Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — Gets Six-Year Extension

With seven states having nearly exhausted their funds for the program, a Congressional continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Feb. 8 has breathed new life into the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the tune of six years of guaranteed funding. The deal has been on the table since last week, but on […]

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Permanent CHIP Funding On Hold Until 2018

BREAKING NEWS: A continuing budget resolution introduced in the House of Representatives today includes $2.85 billion in CHIP funding through March 2018. It was approved by the Senate shortly thereafter and send to the president for signature. Though Congress authorized partial funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a temporary budget […]

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CHIP Program Funded Through End of the Year

As part of a stopgap federal government spending measure passed today by both the House and Senate, funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been authorized through the end of 2017. Meanwhile, funding for the federal government will expire on Dec. 22, presumably giving Republicans long enough to pass their tax reform reconciliation […]

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House Reauthorizes CHIP, But Senate Fate Uncertain

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a Clinton-era initiative that ran out of funds on Sept. 31, has been reauthorized by a 242-174 vote in the House of Representatives, but now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where some of the bill’s provisions are viewed askance. The reason for resistance by some senators: The […]

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CHIP Renewal Hits Snag in House after Sailing Through Senate

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides coverage for some 9 million children nationwide, expired at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 and is now facing an uncertain renewal future. Though the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill providing $100 billion over five years, the House Energy and Commerce […]

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ACA Reconciliation Process, CHIP Both End Tonight

The latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare — the Graham-Cassidy bill that would turn health care over to the states — never made it to vote, and with the fiscal year ending tonight, the Republicans’ chance to use the reconciliation process, which requires only a majority vote in the Senate, ends with it. Meanwhile, […]

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Arizona Relaunches CHIP Health Services for Children

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has approved Arizona’s plan to allow new enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after enrollment was frozen for several years. Now all states provide CHIP coverage to eligible children. “Today’s approval is a step forward for the health of Arizona children […]

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