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Issue Brief: Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Implications of the Senate extension deal

By Kari M. Bruffett, Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H. | September 19, 2017

Issue Brief: Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

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The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to cover uninsured, low-income children who are not eligible for Medicaid. All states, including Kansas, have expanded children’s coverage through the program. Congress last reauthorized CHIP in 2015, but funding was approved only through September 30, 2017. 

On September 12, 2017, Senate Finance Committee leadership announced a bipartisan plan to extend CHIP for five more years and agreed to phase down, starting in 2020, the enhanced federal match rate for CHIP that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorized. If the deal becomes law, it would secure the immediate future of the program. However, if the reauthorization deal falters in either the Senate or the House, CHIP funding could still expire. 

The Kansas Health Institute has published an issue brief that examines how Kansans could be impacted by federal decisions regarding CHIP. 

The Kansas Health Institute delivers credible information and research enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. The Kansas Health Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization based in Topeka, established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.