Children's Health Insurance Program

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Photo: Ed Cunicelli, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Latest Update

Current federal funding for CHIP is slated to expire at the end of fiscal year 2017, which would disrupt coverage for millions of children. The Children’s Hospital Association will continue to advocate for a long-term funding extension of CHIP in the new year. Additionally, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently announced their recommendation of a five-year CHIP extension. Congress will consider this recommendation as they begin to craft CHIP legislation in 2017.


Fact Sheet
CHIP is Critical to Children's Health
July 7, 2017

CHIP is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage for low-income children and pregnant women. Current federal funding for ...

Analysis or Summary
MACPAC 2017 Reports to Congress
June 28, 2017

CHA developed a summary of MACPAC’s 2017 Report to Congress, which addresses issues such as the future of CHIP and disproportionate share hospital ...

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Exchanges: Final Rule Summaries, Parts I and II
May 31, 2017

On July 15, 2013, CMS published the final rule implementing provisions of the ACA affecting Medicaid, CHIP and the Exchanges.

Analysis or Summary
The Impact of the President's FY 2018 Budget on Children's Hospitals
May 25, 2017

The president’s FY 2018 budget seeks to limit federal spending in order to balance the federal budget within ten years. Many provisions will impact ...

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate Seema Verma as CMS Administrator
March 14, 2017

The Children’s Hospital Association welcomes the official confirmation of Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...

Analysis or Summary
2016 State Policy Trends Memo
February 20, 2017

During the summer and fall of 2016, CHA reached out to government relations professionals to inform our understanding of the state policy issues ...

Focusing the National Conversation on Children's Health
February 8, 2017

In 2017, protecting the nation's children will be critical.

Letter or Testimony
Allied Kids Groups Urge Governors to Protect Child Health
January 18, 2017

On Jan. 18, a group of organizations that promote child and maternal health sent a letter to the nation’s governors highlighting the importance of ...

Talking Points
Key Provisions of the Affordable Care Act for Children
January 10, 2017

The ACA includes important provisions to make children's health care more age-appropriate, affordable, accessible and timely.It is important that ...

Talking Points
Medicaid and CHIP: Essential Investments in Children
January 10, 2017

As Congress considers Medicaid and CHIP proposals, it is imperative that coverage and access for children are not jeopardized.

Association Joins Allied Partners in Urging Congress to Protect Children in Current Health Care Reform Debate
January 6, 2017

On Jan.3 the Association joined other national children’s advocacy groups in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging that lawmakers ...

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate Rep. Burgess on Chairmanship of Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee
January 6, 2017

The Children’s Hospital Association welcomes the announcement that Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, will be the new Chairman of the House Energy and ...

Press Release
Statement by Children’s Hospital Association on MACPAC 5-year CHIP Extension Recommendation
December 16, 2016

The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) applauds the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) for their newly released ...

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate Trump Nominees Rep. Tom Price and Seema Verma
December 6, 2016

CHA welcomes the announcement of two new leadership selections within the Trump Administration: Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Seema Verma.

2016 Election Results and the Future of Child Health Policy
November 17, 2016

The election will bring about changes for children’s health care in the United States.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Joins Advocates in Urging Congress to Act Soon on Important Health Care Extenders
November 3, 2016

CHA joined allied health organizations in sending a letter to Capitol Hill leaders urging Congress to act swiftly to extend funding for vital safety ...

Letter or Testimony
CHA Joins Other Advocates for Children in Urging Congress to Act Soon on CHIP
October 14, 2016

CHA joined allied children’s health groups in a letter urging Congress to extend funding for the CHIP program, which is currently set to expire in ...

Letter or Testimony
CHA Joins Allied Children’s Organizations in Highlighting the Importance of Pediatric Quality
October 6, 2016

A joint letter to House and Senate committee leadership calls for strengthening the Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) and more federal ...

Letter or Testimony
Comment Letter to MACPAC on CHIP
September 30, 2016

CHA submitted comments in response to MACPAC’s discussion of CHIP and potential children's coverage recommendations

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid and CHIP Mental Health Parity Final Rule Summary
June 17, 2016

CMS released a final rule to implement mental health and substance use disorder parity protections for Medicaid managed care, CHIP and Medicaid ...

Issue Brief
CHIP Issue Brief
June 1, 2016

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) continues to play a critical role in children's coverage and should be extended.

Letter or Testimony
Medicaid Task Force Coalition Thank You Letter
May 13, 2016

CHA and allied organizations sent a letter to House E&C Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), thanking him for the invitation to meet with the majority’s ...

Analysis or Summary
MACPAC March 2016 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP
March 30, 2016

The report reissues MACPAC’s February 2016 Report to Congress on Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments.

Press Release
MACPAC Report Reinforces Importance of CHIP
March 18, 2016

A new MACPAC report shows that in every state where the Children's Health Insurance Program is a standalone program, it is more affordable than ...

Analysis or Summary
White House FY 2017 Budget Request Highlights
February 12, 2016

The White House budget includes a host of additional policy proposals related to Medicaid, Medicare and other health programs.


Policy Update Calls

Members receive the latest updates and suggest ways to best influence policy issues that impact children's health and children's hospitals in a weekly conference call.