Children’s Health

Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Updated December 2017 The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and has since provided critical health coverage to children in families with low to moderate incomes. In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016,[1] more than 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP.[2] This fact sheet […]

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  • December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding
    State Health Policy Blog

    Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]

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  • Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow
    State Health Policy Blog

    The first few years of life are critical to a child’s development, setting the foundation for success in school and overall health and well-being later in life. Recent research proves that providing early, skilled behavioral and mental health interventions in venues where young children and their families live and play is highly effective at improving […]

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  • Publications

    Improving the quality of care that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) receive is a growing priority for state Medicaid programs. However, many quality improvement efforts are in their infancy as states work to overcome the challenges of measuring and assessing care quality for this vulnerable population. NASHP, with support from the […]

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  • State Checklist for Shutting Down CHIP Programs

    Congress has not provided new funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and states are beginning to run out of CHIP funds. The 42 states with separate CHIP programs will need to begin closing them in the coming weeks and months, which will be very challenging, costly, and time consuming. See NASHP’s infographic that outlines the […]

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    November 21, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, CHIP Featured, Front Page
  • Healthy Child Development State Resource Center
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    November 15, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Toolkits
  • Congressional Agreement on CHIP Needed Soon!
    State Health Policy Blog

    How long would you drive your car with its gasoline gauge on empty when it’s full of people you care about as you speed along a highway? That was the analogy used by Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials during National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) annual conference held late last month. […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress missed the Sept. 30, 2017, deadline to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so there is currently no new or guaranteed future federal support for the program that covers an estimated 9 million children. There are two proposed bills to reauthorize CHIP – the Senate’s KIDS Act of 2017 and […]

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  • Webinars

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 View the webinar recording and slides States have a long history of using home visiting to promote the health and well-being of women, children. and their families, and to target interventions for some of the most vulnerable populations. States typically support home visiting programs through an array of public and private […]

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    October 6, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Webinars, Webinars
  • Success Spurs Growth of Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    State Health Policy Blog

    Two decades ago, the majority of state Medicaid programs that served children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) relied on a traditional, fee-for-service model to pay for the complex mix of health care services that this group of children often need. But as states became more adept at designing new health care delivery […]

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