August 2017

Children’s Health Insurance: Federal Funding at Risk

Karen Siegel

Since 1997, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has worked with Medicaid to ensure that children from low and moderate-income families have health insurance. In 2016, this bipartisan program covered 8.4 million children in the United States  and over 17,000 children in CT.

Since 2015, the state contributes just 12 cents for every dollar used to cover kids eligible for CHIP. While the CHIP program does not expire, its federal funding does—on September 30, 2017. If Congress does not reauthorize the funding by September 30, Connecticut is likely to run out of money for CHIP as early as February 2018. 

Policy Recommendations:

  • Extend CHIP funding for 5 years.
  • Continue the enhanced match of 88 cents per dollar.
  • Extend and expand funding for Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs.
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