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End of CHIP will spell fewer benefits, higher costs
Modern Healthcare

If the Children’s Health Insurance Program ended, children affected would still be able to get most, but not all, of the coverage options they have with CHIP if they buy a plan from an insurance exchange, according to a report Friday from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

While there is substantial benefit overlap, qualified plans lack pediatric dental and other services, such as translation and transportation services, that are covered more frequently by CHIP plans.

Federal funding for the CHIP program is set to expire Sept. 30. The SGR fix that passed the U.S. House on Thursday and awaits Senate approval includes a two-year extension for the program.