Children's Health Insurance Program

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

Latest Update

Federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired at the end of September, and while no children have actually lost coverage yet, many states have begun notifying families that children's health insurance access is in jeopardy. On Dec. 21, the U.S. Congress chose to pass insufficient temporary funding for CHIP before it adjourned for the year, missing a critical opportunity to pass a long-term extension. Children's Hospital Association is calling on Congress to pass a long-term funding for CHIP immediately upon its return in 2018.


Resources

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.

Toolkit
Government Relations Toolkit
January 18, 2018

CHA members can view and print the latest materials for outreach to federal and state lawmakers.

Talking Points
Congress: Failing to Extend CHIP is Failing Our Kids
January 3, 2018

Children's hospitals call on Congress to immediately extend CHIP funding for five years.

Press Release
Children’s Hospitals to Congress: Failure to Fully Extend CHIP Fails Children
December 22, 2017

Children’s hospitals call on Congress to immediately extend CHIP funding for five years when it reconvenes in January 2018.

Press Release
Statement of Leading Children's Health Medical and Advocacy Organizations: Short-term CHIP Funding Falls Short for Children
December 21, 2017

A joint statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project, Children’s Hospital ...

Press Release
Children's Groups Statement: Extend CHIP Now
December 8, 2017

The Children’s Hospital Association, along with other leading children’s health, medical and advocacy organizations, released a statement calling on ...

Article
Two Months After Expiration—Questions About Where CHIP Stands
November 28, 2017

Families are counting on Congress to ensure their children don't lose health insurance.

Article
The Word on the Hill: The Health Care Debate and its Effect on Kids
November 15, 2017

Public policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. can affect the everyday operations of children's hospitals. Here's what went on so far in 2017 in ...

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate Trump Nominee Alex Azar
November 13, 2017

Alex Azar has a long-standing government career as a leader on health issues, first as HHS General Counsel, and then as HHS Deputy Secretary.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Renew Call for Bipartisan CHIP Extension
October 31, 2017

If CHIP funding is not extended soon, CHIP-enrolled children may become underinsured or uninsured altogether.

Press Release
The New Importance of Children in America: A Wake-up Call for Policymakers
October 12, 2017

A new study finds massive demographic changes that will create challenges and elevate the economic role of next generations.

Report
The New Importance of Children in America
October 12, 2017

Massive demographic changes are converging to make investing in children more important than ever. It is a strong wake-up call for policymakers.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Call on Congress to Act Now to Pass CHIP Legislation
October 4, 2017

The House and Senate both approved bills calling for a five-year extension of CHIP.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals to Congress: Extend CHIP Now
October 2, 2017

The federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program has expired, leaving children's families worried about their health care.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Eager to Work with Congress to Improve Kids' Health
September 26, 2017

The U.S. Senate did not advance the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would have made drastic cuts to Medicaid for kids.

Article
Health Care Reform Bill and CHIP: What You Need to Know
September 20, 2017

Here's the latest action in Congress on two issues that affect children's health care and what you can do to get involved.

Letter or Testimony
Children's Hospitals Urge Senate Finance Committee to Act Quickly on CHIP
September 13, 2017

CHA entered a statement for the record urging quick congressional action on CHIP by enacting a strong, five-year extension of funding.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Commend Senate Lawmakers for CHIP Progress
September 13, 2017

CHA commends United States Senate Finance Committee for five-year extension of CHIP funding.

Talking Points
Medicaid and CHIP: Essential Investments in Children
August 31, 2017

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

Letter or Testimony
Children's Groups Call for CHIP Funding Extension
August 4, 2017

A group of organizations that promote child and maternal health released a statement urging quick congressional action on a strong, five-year ...

Letter or Testimony
CHA and Allied Kids Groups Support CHIP Mental Health Bill
July 27, 2017

CHA in conjunction with allied kids groups sent a letter to Rep. Kennedy in support of the bill, which ensures that kids in separate Children’s ...

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 ...

Contacts

Toolkit

The Capitol building.

Government Relations Toolkit CHA members can view and print the latest materials for outreach to federal and state lawmakers.

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.