The State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a joint federal-state program established to provide coverage to uninsured children in families whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, 8.4 million children received CHIP-funded coverage. Spending for FY 2015 totaled $13.7 billion ($9.7 billion federal, $4.0 billion state). Under current law, CHIP allotments are provided through FY 2017. Learn more about CHIP and MACPAC's analysis of its future.

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Analyses of the Transition of Stairstep Children from Separate CHIP to Medicaid

January 2017 |

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148, as amended) required states to provide Medicaid coverage to all children with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) beginning in January 2014, affecting 21 states that had been covering some of these children in separate CHIP (the so-called stairstep children). MACPAC […]

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Fact Sheet

December 2016 |

CHIP is a joint federal-state program that provides health coverage to low-income, uninsured children with family incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, CHIP covered 8.4 million children. FY 2015 CHIP spending totaled $13.7 billion, 70.8 percent paid by the federal government and 29.2 percent by the states and territories. Congress enacted […]