Time’s running out for CHIP. Advocates for children’s health yesterday called on lawmakers to commit to long-term funding for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Hill reports. CHIP supplies health care to about 9 million children from low- and moderate-income households and the current funding is due to run out by the end of this month.
CHIP was refunded for two years in April 2015, and that was months before the program was set to expire. CHIP usually gets wide bipartisan support, but it’s down to the wire this year.
“The sticking points are the duration of the reauthorization, whether any other measures will be attached and whether to continue enhanced federal matching funds that were first included in the Affordable Care Act,” the Hill reports.
Children’s health advocates would like to see the program refunded for another five years.
Source: The Hill