CCHA Supports Bipartisan CHIP Deal
On November 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Championing Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3922), which would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years, and postpone cuts to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of Medicaid beneficiaries.
Authorization for federal funding to support the CHIP program expired at the end of September. California, along with a handful of other states, has already received a small federal disbursement to help maintain its program as Congress works on a deal to extend funding for CHIP and a handful of other health care programs, all of which expired earlier this year. While CCHA still has concerns over how the House bill would pay for these program funding extensions, the final version was significantly improved in that it delayed $5 billion in previously enacted cuts to hospitals with high Medicaid populations, including children’s hospitals.
It is expected that the Senate will introduce its own legislation to reauthorize CHIP in the coming weeks. We will continue to work with members of the California delegation to ensure that the final compromise reached by both houses adequately protects the interests of children and children’s hospitals.