Bill Extends CHIP for 6 Years, Delays ACA TaxesJanuary 24, 2018 |
by Les Masterson
Nearly four months after it missed the deadline to reauthorize CHIP, Congress finally reauthorized the widely-popular program that covers about 8.4 million children and provides maternity coverage for about 370,000 women.
The extension of CHIP is welcomed by states that were running out of CHIP funding, families, hospitals and providers (especially children’s hospitals), and safety net and rural facilities. The extension comes after a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) report estimated that extending CHIP would cost far less than previously believed.