Advocacy

Health Coverage for Children (CHIP)

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance coverage for 8.4 million children in families with low to moderate incomes. According to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), 89 percent of children enrolled in CHIP had family income at or below 200 percent of the FPL in FY 2015. The program has played an important role in increasing the number of children with health insurance coverage and providing access to affordable and high-quality care. Since the enactment of CHIP, the percentage of uninsured children has been cut in half.

Both CHIP and the Medicaid program continue to be vital in filling the gap in health care coverage among needy children. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, CHIP and Medicaid combined now cover more than 1 in every 3 children in the U.S.

For more information, see the related documents below and CHA's policy brief "Ensuring Health Coverage for Children."