House and Senate Propose Bills to Extend CHIP Funding

With insurance coverage for 8.9 million children hanging in the balance, states have been anxiously waiting to find out if federal funding will be extended for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. 

In early October, bills have passed out of committee in both the House and Senate to extend federal funding through 2022 for CHIP and other related programs. Both bills would extend CHIP funding and maintain the 23-percentage-point increase in the enhanced federal matching rate through FY 2019. The House bill also includes provisions for additional Medicaid funding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as long as they are able to contribute their non-federal share.

In addition, the Trump administration announced that $230 million in unspent prior-year funds will be redistributed to Arizona, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marina Islands and the Virgin Islands.

The House expects to review HR3921 the week of October 23. No dates have been set in the Senate to review S1827, as negotiations are still in the works around appropriate offsets to other programs to help finance the bill. 

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