Legislation Introduced to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Congress is considering what actions to take regarding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  CHIP was enacted in 1997 and after FY 2015 there will be no new funds for the program.  CHIP has had bipartisan support and has helped expand affordable health insurance coverage to low and moderate income children.  Earlier this summer, Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced S. 2461 to extend the program for four years.  Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives.  Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) joined Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) in sending a letter to governors asking for input on extending the program and seeking additional information about enrollment and design of each state program. The Arc has supported the CHIP program and will be closely monitoring Congressional actions.