Since its bipartisan beginning in 1997, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been vital for children and families. Today, CHIP finances quality health coverage for more than eight million children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private health coverage.
After sustained advocacy efforts by the AAP, the 114th Congress voted with overwhelming bipartisan support to extend funding for CHIP through 2017 as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This legislation also renewed the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for two years.
Looking Ahead: Advocacy Efforts Continue
Current CHIP funding expires on September 30, 2017. On October 14, 2016, the AAP sent an organizational support letter to Congress advocating for a strong longer-term extension of CHIP.
- State by state CHIP fact sheets produced by the AAP and the National Academy for State Health Policy
- AAP press release commending Congress for extending CHIP funding upon the Senate's final passage and joint press release with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Medical Association after the House's action
- AAP News article, "AAP's advocacy for CHIP, home visits pays off"
- Letters from the AAP for both the House and Senate bills
- Letter to congressional leadership signed by more than 400 health and advocacy organization urging CHIP reauthorization
- AAP CHIP Policy Statement and accompanying press release
- Testimony from AAP Immediate Past President James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, before a Senate Finance Committee Health Subcommittee hearing on CHIP in September 2014
- A Letter to the Editor in the New York Times by Dr. Perrin with the support of other children's health groups
- AAP, Children's Hospital Association and Georgetown Center for Children and Families CHIP policy and advocacy archived webinar recording (July 2014)