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March 24, 2015

Policy Snapshot Examines the Need for Continued CHIP Funding

April 2015 Policy SnapshotThe Center for Health Affairs' latest Policy Snapshot, Chipping Away at the Uninsured Rate among Children: Why Continued CHIP Funding is Essential, examines this critical children’s health program.

Most conversations about improved access to healthcare in recent years have focused on the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Less often, those conversations have focused on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program – now referred to as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – which was established in 1997. Continued CHIP funding is imperative given that this program has succeeded in reducing the number of uninsured children by half.

CHIP is a joint federal/state program designed to provide increased access to health coverage for children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. The Center's April 2015 Policy Snapshot describes CHIP coverage in Ohio, how CHIP funding works, and policies that Ohio has put in place that aim to boost enrollment and retention of children in Medicaid and CHIP.

Funding for CHIP is set to expire this fall unless the program is reauthorized by Congress. Considering the significant strides that have been made under this policy, it is imperative that lawmakers and health advocates ensure their conversations include CHIP.

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