It is a remarkable turnaround after CHIP, which covers 9 million children, endured an unprecedented four-month lapse in long-term funding and became a pawn in the bitterly partisan government shutdown fight last month. The Trump administration and Congress took emergency measures to ensure no children were ever kicked off the rolls, but the funding limbo had shaken the faith of families on the program and advocates worried that the bipartisan support that has sustained CHIP might be eroding.
The researchers also highlighted research that suggests CHIP and Medicaid coverage decreases child mortality rates in the United States. American children are much more likely to die young than their counterparts in other wealthy countries.
Congressional dithering has left an effective, popular program for low-income kids teetering on the brink, despite bipartisan support for its renewal.
Taken together, the evidence is strong that improving coverage through CHIP and Medicaid has contributed to meaningful gains in access to care and the quality of care for low-income children. Further, studies that find an impact of CHIP and Medicaid on children’s health show a positive impact, suggesting that the programs advance the end goal of coverage, better health.
After months of inaction, lawmakers reauthorized the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, but not before seriously harming it.
Children's health care coverage fact sheets.
Each state program has its own rules about who qualifies for CHIP. You can apply right now, any time of year, and find out if you qualify. If you apply for Medicaid coverage to your state agency, you’ll also find out if your children qualify for CHIP.
If your children need health coverage, they may be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. In some states, CHIP covers pregnant women. Each state offers CHIP coverage, and works closely with its state Medicaid program.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.