Children's Health Insurance Program and Community Health Center Reauthorization

Midnight on Saturday, September 30 passed and Congress still had not reauthorized funding for two important programs. Nearly 9 million children across the United States were left in limbo by this lack of action. And, Community Health Centers, which provide care for our most vulnerable and are vital in many rural areas, now wonder where their funding will come from PBS News Hour reported on the Health Centers last week and here's more information on CHIP:

  • The Kaiser Family Foundation released a series of Tweets outlining the impact that missing the deadline will have, and issued a report showing when states would run out of funding. At a meeting last week, Maryland officials said the state will run out of money for CHIP in February of 2018, but that is no reason why families should suffer with more "uncertainties."

  • Kelly Whitener from the Georgetown University Health Policy Instituteexplains how failure to extend funding by the deadline will threaten the stability of children's coverage.

  • The National Association of Medicaid Directors sent a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Energy and Commerce Committees, warning of potentially dire outcomes for some states if CHIP is not reauthorized.

  • A Congressional House Panel is expected to take up a proposal as early as Tuesday on CHIP, and the Senate released a bipartisan five-year bill to reauthorize the program, but there has been little discussion about how to pay for it, and a vote hasn't been scheduled.