Recognizing the importance of the Children's Health Insurance Program, the National Governors Association sent a bipartisan letter to lawmakers urging them to extend funding for another five years at current levels.
Without congressional action, federal support for CHIP will expire September 30, 2017, creating uncertainty for states and millions of working families. According to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, every state will exhaust their federal CHIP allotments at some point in fiscal year 2018 if Congress does not act this year to extend the program. A few states are expected to exhaust their federal CHIP allotments by December 2017. Millions of children could lose access to the services they need to thrive and lead healthy, productive lives.
Congress has until September 30th to extend funding for the program. According to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, without an extension, states will start running out of federal funds in October. According to the latest CMS data, the program covered roughly 5.6 million children as of February.
Good on ya Governors!