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Congressional Action on CHIP: High Stakes for Children and Families

CHIP has helped reduce disparities in uninsured rates between minority and white children

Coverage gains among children could be at risk if Congress fails to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program’s (CHIP’s) federal funding, which is set to expire on September 30, say the Commonwealth Fund’s Susan Hayes, Pamela Riley, M.D., David Radley, and Douglas McCarthy in a post on To the Point. “The Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions have worked in concert with CHIP to help the nation make progress toward universal coverage for U.S. children, regardless of race or ethnicity,” the authors write. “Failure to reauthorize CHIP now would likely jeopardize those gains.”

In a separate analysis, George Washington University’s Sara Rosenbaum and colleagues review CHIP’s important role in providing low-income families with access to health care and examine the potential effects of altering federal funding. 

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