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CHIP Reauthorization Discussions Underway

Recently, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Finance Committee each held a markup of legislation to address reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

CHIP covers nearly 9 million children whose families make more than Medicaid eligibility allows but can't afford private health insurance. Without renewed funding, states will begin exhausting their funds by December, with most running out by March. States and children's advocates have been urging Congress to act quickly or risk having programs prepare to close.

The cost for a five-year extension of the CHIP program is estimated at $8 billion.

By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance