Children's Health Insurance Program

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Photo: Seth Dixon, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Memphis, Tennessee

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.


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Analysis or Summary
Chart of Section 1135 Waivers for State Medicaid/CHIP COVID-19 Response
September 25, 2020

This chart summarizes approved state 1135 waivers of Medicaid and CHIP requirements and will be updated as CMS approves additional states' requests.

Analysis or Summary
Section 1557 Final Rule Summary Highlights Roll Back of Nondiscrimination Protections; Impact of Recent Court Actions
August 28, 2020

HHS released a final rule to roll back key aspects of a former rule that implemented the ACA's non-discrimination provisions, known as Section 1557.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of ACA Constitutionality Case
August 25, 2020

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law is unconstitutional.

Analysis or Summary
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Timeline
July 24, 2020

President Trump issued a national emergency declaration that allows HHS to declare a public health emergency.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Sends Letter to Senate Finance Committee on Solutions to Improve Maternal Health
April 3, 2020

We submitted a letter in response to the Senate Finance Committee's RFI on maternal mortality and morbidity.

Announcement or News
Join Every Child Counts Day to Promote the 2020 Census
March 13, 2020

Efforts are ramping up to highlight the importance of counting all kids in the 2020 Census.

Fact Sheet
Health Care Coverage Sources for America's Children
February 7, 2020

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

Talking Points
Solutions to Protect Patients from Surprise Bills Must Also Protect Children’s Health
January 31, 2020

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

Improving Rates of Counseling Parents/Caregivers of Patients with Suicidality on Restricting Access to Lethal Means
November 21, 2019

Best practices for improving counseling on restricting access to lethal means developed based on the Pediatric Hospital Care Improvement Project (P-HIP) 12-month learning collaborative.

Promoting Safe Hospital-to-Home Transitions
November 21, 2019

Best practices for improving hospital-to-home family/caregiver written discharge instructions to reduce potential medical complications.

Reference Material
Focusing on Children's Mental Health
September 12, 2019

Learn more about children's mental health and how children's hospitals are addressing these challenges.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Alarmed by Drop in Children's Insurance Rate
September 11, 2019

A Census Bureau report shows a startling increase of uninsured children in 2018.

Analysis or Summary
High-level Summary of Public Charge Final Rule
September 11, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security released the final rule, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds," on Aug. 12, 2019.

Analysis or Summary
Alston & Bird Backgrounder on Medical Deferred Action Status for Immigrants in Need of Medical Care
September 6, 2019

Alston & Bird prepared a backgrounder on medical deferred action status.

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.

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.

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.


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