What happens to CHIP?

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a federal program that provides matching funds to states in order for them to provide health insurance to children.  The program was designed to cover uninsured children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid. Currently, however, the program is in jeopardy.  In fact, federal funding for…

State Governments Providing Health Insurance to More Children

Of the 6.6 million uninsured children in the nation, 4.3 million are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Approximately 2.8 million children come from families at or near the federal poverty line (FPL). Despite the fact that millions of children are uninsured, children’s participation rates in Medicaid/CHIP are increasing. Today I…

Safety Net Patients in California

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) reviews how California’s safety net residents receive medical care.  Safety Net patients are considered those who have incomes below 300% of the federal poverty line.  Below is a list of governmental and non-governmental programs which serve California Safety Net residents. State: Medi-cal (California’s Medicaid program) and Healthy Families (California’s CHIP…

Explaining CHIPRA

In spring of 2009, the federal government passed the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act or CHIPRA.  The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), formerly known as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low income children. Like Medicaid, it is federally mandated, but state run. Some states provide health insurance for…

Eligibility Requirement for California Government Health Insurance Programs

The California HealthCare Foundation has an almanac entry on Children’s Health Coverage Facts and Figures.  Eligibility requirements for these programs is described in this table.  Other key findings include: The proportion of children without health insurance continued to decline through 2007, though the pace of improvement has slowed. Nearly 80 percent of California’s uninsured children…