AHIP Statement to Senate on CHIP Funding
posted by AHIP
on September 6, 2017
AHIP submitted a statement to the Senate Finance Committee regarding federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). AHIP and our member plans urge Congress to authorize a five-year extension of federal funding for CHIP, as recommended by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). While the impact would vary from state to state, there is no question that the loss of federal CHIP funding would be devastating for many CHIP enrollees and their families. In 2015, MACPAC estimated that 3.7 million children would lose their CHIP coverage if funding expired and that 1.1 million of these children would become uninsured.
We thank you for your past support of CHIP and strongly encourage you to take action, as soon as possible, to extend federal funding of CHIP for five years, consistent with MACPAC’s recommendations.