To Congressional Leadership: More Reasons to Extend CHIP Now
As of today, full funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired 104 days ago and the health coverage for nine million children has relied on a series of short-term patches from Congress to protect children from losing coverage. However, states are rapidly closing in on that moment where they are completely out of both federal and state CHIP dollars, which has forced some states to already send out disenrollment notices to families, spend time and money on planning for the possible closure of the program, and work on possible systems changes to move children either to Medicaid coverage or the Obamacare exchanges. This has been devastating to families concerned about the well-being of their children.
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