Virginia Warns Children will Lose Coverage without CHIP

Since federal funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on September 30, 2017, states are preparing plans and notifying families about coverage reductions before the end of 2017. CHIP covers 8.9 million children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford or access private plans. With continued delay of Congressional action to extend funding, about three-quarters of the states anticipate exhausting all funding by the end of March 2018. According to Kaiser Family Foundation, “remaining funds available to states, including redistribution funds, are limited and anticipated to run out soon”. See below for states estimated exhaustion of federal CHIP funds (via Kaiser Family Foundation).


16 states will projected to be completed exhausted of CHIP funds by the end of January 2018. Georgia, as well as 20 other states, is projected to run out of funds by February or March of 2018. How states have implemented their CHIP program determines the states options to respond to the loss of federal funds. According to KFF, “States with separate CHIP programs can transition enrollees to Medicaid at the lower federal Medicaid match rate or discontinue coverage. Some states have state laws that require them to close the program and/or discontinue coverage if federal funds decrease.”

To see each states projections and current state plans for addressing the loss of federal funds and how the coverage reductions and changes will affect families, click here.

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