Update on CHIP and Health Center Funding

Posted 10/31/2017

Funding for CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program/HUSKY B) and Community Health Centers expired on September 30. There is bipartisan support for continuing funding for these programs and various bills to re-fund them in the House and Senate. The House bill came with problematic provisions to pay for the programs (known as "offsets").

PoliticoPulse reported today that

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore) is proposing an amendment to the bill to extend CHIP funds for 5 years and health center money for 2 years. Walden's amendment would delay for two years the proposed cut in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts and would eliminate a proposal to increase Medicare costs on wealthy enrollees. ...Eliminating the proposed offset to raise premiums on seniors making above $500,000 could temper Democratic criticism of the federal CHIP extension. But it may not be enough to get them on board with the bill [H.R. 3922(115)], which still makes cuts to the ACA's Prevention and Public Health Fund.

This bill and amendment will be considered by the House Rules Committee on Wed, November 1.

HCAN (Health Care for Americans Now) adds this: Reauthorization of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) is moving forward with a vote in the House on Thursday. Because Republicans have proposed paying for the re-authorization of CHIP for 9 million kids with cuts in other healthcare programs, including the often-raided ACA Prevention Fund, Democrats are likely to vote against the bill.

Resources from HCAN:

Jane McNichol