It’s August, which means officially Washington is in recess. But it won’t be long before Congress returns in September and will need to act swiftly on a host of legislative items. One of those items includes reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a state-federal partnership that was responsible for providing healthcare coverage to approximately 8.5 million low-income children in Fiscal Year 2015. CHIP technically expires September 30th, but some states’ plans will keep the program functioning in their state for a short while past that deadline. To get smart quickly on CHIP before September hits, here are a few resources:
An article from NPR in May 2017 by health reporter Julie Rovner that outlines some of the key considerations for reauthorizing the program.