Failure by Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) prior to its expiration September 30 places more than 340,000 Florida children in jeopardy of losing health care coverage, according to a new policy brief.
Florida, and 28 other states, are expected to runout of funding for the program between January and March, 2018 based on projections by the federal Medicaid & CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).
The state received nearly $687 million in CHIP funding in 2017, the fourth largest allotment in the country. CHIP has contributed to historically low rates of uninsured children (6.2%) in the state.
Child health advocates— including the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Children’s Hospital Association— along with the National Governor’s Association and others are stepping up efforts to encourage action by Congress before states start dis-enrolling vulnerable children. You can take action by contacting federal law makers. Find your Congress members here.