Two More Years: What Does Continued CHIP Funding Mean for California?
May 8, 2015
Eugene Lewit, Stanford University
Signed into law on April 16, 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act continues federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two more years without structural changes or rollbacks in CHIP or Medicaid.
The new law has significant benefits for California and the 1.6 million low- to moderate-income children and pregnant women who are enrolled in CHIP-funded coverage, as well as the hundreds of thousands of California children who remain uninsured.
The new law continues the favorable climate for growth in coverage levels for California’s children:
Renews federal funding for eight programs for low- and moderate-income children and pregnant women
Extends Express Lane Eligibility (ELE), a streamlined enrollment process
Funds additional outreach and enrollment efforts
Reduces California’s share of cost for new enrollees
Congress will revisit the issue of funding for CHIP in 2017.