CHA News Article

CHIP Reauthorization Legislation Advances

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted along party lines to approve a bill that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In the Senate Finance Committee, a similar measure passed by voice vote. The Affordable Care Act prescribed a 23 percent increase in federal matching funds to states; the reauthorization bill would phase it out by 2020 and make tweaks to the law’s “maintenance of effort” requirements that prevented states from reducing eligibility for the program. The Senate version did not contain any spending offsets. 

Authorization for CHIP expired on Sept. 30. The California Department of Health Care Services has indicated it has reserve funds to continue the program through the end of the calendar year. CHA supports a quick and complete reauthorization of the program, which is important for ensuring access to coverage for California’s children.