Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Victory! The Children’s Health Insurance Program has been Extended
On April 16, 2015, the President signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, extending funding for CHIP through September 2017! Thank you for all your work to tell Congress how important CHIP is to families across our country – it made a huge difference!
Originally passed in 1997 with strong bipartisan approval, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a vital source of health care coverage for low-income children and pregnant women. CHIP plays a key role for those who earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid but cannot afford to purchase their own private coverage. Today, over 8 million children and 370,000 pregnant women receive care through CHIP on an annual basis.
Since the enactment of CHIP, states have been able to design their own programs and provide coverage tailored to their local needs and preferences. CHIP, alongside Medicaid, has succeeded in cutting the rate of low-income uninsured children by over 50 percent. CHIP offers comprehensive benefits that are customized for children’s health. In addition, 18 states have opted to cover pregnant women through CHIP, with the goal of ensuring healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
For more information, check out the following resources:
- CHIP Coverage for Pregnant Women Updated, May 2016
- March of Dimes Endorsement Letter, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, March, 24, 2015
- CHIP Fact Sheet
- Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Extend CHIP, February 26, 2015
- Coalition Statement on CHIP, June 2014
- March of Dimes Hearing Statement on CHIP, September 16, 2014