142,327 children in Maryland were covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2015. Their access to care is now threatened because the required federal funds to support the program have not been authorized by Congress. Without action, it is predicted that Maryland will exhaust needed funds in April 2018.
It is more complicated than that, though. Because of the way the program is set up, Maryland must continue to fund the program through 2019 even without the federal dollars. This means that Maryland will face difficult budget choices in order for the Medicaid program to remain solvent, which could result in other vital programs being subject to drastic cuts.
Tricia Brooks, Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families provides a useful perspective on the complexity of the issues. CHIP must be reauthorized by the end of September - Congress must act now!
The following is a select list of resources. It includes a breakdown of the numbers of children covered by Congressional and school district, race and ethnicity, and County.
- Georgetown University Health Policy Institute - Center for Children and Families
- What Every Policy Maker Needs to Know About the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - A Refresher (August 2017)
- Maryland Snapshot of Children's Coverage
- Percent of Children Covered by Medicaid/Chip by County, 2011 - 2015
- Sources of Children's Coverage by Congressional District - 2015
- Snapshot of Children's Coverage by Race and Ethnicity - 2015
- Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
- Maryland Fact Sheet on CHIP