Trump Budget Threatens Children’s HealthMay 31, 2017 |
by Thomas Huelskoetter
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been a vital part of America’s health care safety net since its creation in the 1990s. Last year, it provided coverage for almost 9 million children. CHIP is traditionally considered a bipartisan success story and has played a critical role—together with Medicaid and the private market reforms in the Affordable Care Act—in reducing the rate of uninsured children to a historic low of 4.8 percent.
However, CHIP’s funding is not permanent and must be reauthorized this September.