Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of House and Senate committee leaders sent a letter to Governors of all 50 states to get their take on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides low-cost, tailored health insurance to children through state-run programs. (New York’s program is called Child Health Plus). Federal funding for CHIP will expire at the end of September, 2015, unless Congress extends it.
With that in mind, this bipartisan letter seeks Governors’ insights about how the CHIP program is working in their states, whether the funding should be extended, and what policy changes should be made to the program. The letter was signed by Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as well as House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA). Governors’ are asked to respond by October 31, 2014.
You can read the full letter here.
Learn more about CHIP and 2015 funding reauthorization on our blog.