Snapshot of Governors’ Views on Extending CHIP

Policymakers in Congress are considering the role of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the context of health coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Federal funding for CHIP is due to end in September, 2015 without Congressional action. To help inform these federal legislative discussions, the leadership of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Finance Committee sent a request to all governors seeking state input about the future of CHIP in July 2014. The chart below shares the governors’ responses to key questions in the Congressional request. Click on the state name below to read each state’s letter.

Most of the governors offered specific recommendations that federal CHIP funding be extended and all noted the success of the CHIP program. The letters also contain information about states’ CHIP programs and note recent changes as a result of ACA implementation, highlight differences in how benefits and cost sharing in CHIP compare to qualified health plans (QHPs), as well as surface policy recommendations that could help improve health outcomes and coverage for children into the future.

Know of something we should add to this compilation? Your feedback is central to our ongoing, real-time analytical process, so tell us in a comment below the chart, or email a NASHP staff member with your suggestion. You can reach Anita Cardwell at acardwell@nashp.org.