Feb. 4, 2014, marks the five-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In conjunction with the anniversary, the AAP is releasing a revised policy statement that analyzes the evolution of the program, identifies its successes and challenges, and provides recommendations to keep the program strong for children.
The policy statement, “Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Accomplishments, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations,” will be published in the March 2014 Pediatrics and is being published early online Jan. 27.
Signed into law 16 years ago, CHIP provides health coverage to nearly 8 million children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private health coverage. Although provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) extended authority for CHIP through 2019, program funding was extended only through Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.
The AAP has long supported CHIP and other programs that help ensure all children are covered by quality, affordable health insurance. In 2012, Medicaid and CHIP provided health insurance to more than 50 percent of children in the United States, making both programs combined the largest insurer of U.S. children.