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MACPAC Recommends Two-Year CHIP Funding Extension

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released its June report to Congress last week, recommending an extension of federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for an additional two years, to give Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the states time to ensure that children continue to have a relatively high level of good health coverage. Final state allotments for CHIP are currently set for Oct. 1. Although CHIP authorization does not expire, the Affordable Care Act continues funding only through fiscal year 2015.

The CHIP analysis is one of four chapters in MACPAC’s June report. Other focus areas include a review of states’ and the federal government’s work to improve the overall health of Medicaid enrollees; an examination of Medicaid’s role in financing long-term services and supports (LTSS); and the importance of administrative capacity to state and federal efforts to meet program requirements, promote value, and integrate Medicaid and CHIP into broader delivery system and financing reforms. To read the full Report to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP online, visit www.macpac.gov/reports.

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