AHIP Urges Reauthorization of CHIP Funding
posted by AHIP
on June 14, 2017
AHIP submitted a statement for a congressional hearing regarding federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). AHIP urges Congress to authorize a five-year extension of federal funding for CHIP, as recommended by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Our statement emphasizes that the loss of federal CHIP funding would be devastating for many children and their families. We also highlight research findings showing that CHIP coverage is successful in improving health outcomes for children, and we discuss the leadership CHIP health plans have demonstrated in in providing high quality, affordable, patient-centered coverage with a strong emphasis on primary care for children.