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Senate bill would extend CHIP funding for four more years

June 13, 2014

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, June 11 introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through September 2019, consistent with current requirements that states maintain their CHIP efforts through that date.

Without an extension, funding for the program will expire Sept. 30, 2015. Among other provisions, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Extension Act, S. 2461, would cover former foster children to age 26; enroll newborns automatically; and make Express Lane Eligibility for children and pregnant women permanent.

“This bill will extend CHIP for four more years and give states the opportunity to increase coverage and enrollments,” said Rockefeller, a key architect of the program.

CHIP provides health coverage to nearly eight million children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who can’t afford private coverage. Signed into law in 1997, CHIP provides federal matching funds to states to provide this coverage For more on the legislation, click on: http://tinyurl.com/nnxn3fr.