Children's Health Insurance Program

Following a brief lapse in funding, the APA was pleased to see Congress reauthorize CHIP through the end of FY 2027.

Over the past twenty years, the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has served to extend health insurance to children and adolescents from families with low incomes who otherwise do not qualify for Medicaid. This program is vital for low-income children and adolescents in need of mental health services. Access to mental health care remains a critical component of CHIP programs, as many CHIP beneficiaries experience serious behavioral or emotional disorders. The success of the CHIP program has led to its bipartisan reauthorization on multiple occasions and is proven to be a cost-effective option for providing coverage, and efficiently so. In 2018, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that reauthorizing CHIP would decrease the federal deficit by $6.0 billion between 2018 and 2027. Following a brief lapse in funding, the APA was pleased to see Congress reauthorize CHIP through the end of FY 2027.

APA Comments, Letters and Highlights

2017

FEB 9

APA Applauds Bipartisan Budget Agreement Bill That Includes Much-needed Funding for Opioid Crisis, NIH and Children's Health Insurance Program

JAN 23

APA Applauds CHIP Reauthorization, Providing Continued Access to Health Care for Millions of Low-Income Children and Youth

DEC 21

APA Responds to Temporary CHIP Extension, Urges Congress to Reauthorize Health Insurance Funding for Five Years

OCT 24

Joint letter in support of H.R. 3192 that ensure access to mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services for children under CHIP

SEPT 20

APA letter to Congressional Leadership on CHIP Reauthorization

SEPT 6

CHIP One-Pager