CHIP

  • 06.13.17

    Next Steps for CHIP: What is at Stake for Children?

    This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the specific benefits from the CHIP program. First, it describes how the CHIP program was formed and what it entails: "The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important complement to Medicaid, covering 8.9 million children with family incomes abov...

    This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the specific benefits from the CHIP program. First, it describes how the CHIP program was formed and what it entails: "The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important complement to Medicaid, covering 8.9 million children with family incomes above Medicaid eligibility limits who often lack access to affordable private coverage."

    It covers 5 benefits and facts about the program:

    1. Expansions of Medicaid and CHIP have helped reduce the children’s uninsured rate to a record low of 5%.

    2. All states have expanded eligibility for children through Medicaid and CHIP above federal minimum levels.

    3. Medicaid and CHIP are major sources of coverage for our nation’s children.

    4. Medicaid and CHIP cover over half of children of color.

    5. Medicaid and CHIP provide children access to needed care.

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