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Congress Faces Deadline to Renew Children’s Health Insurance Program

Washington, DC, August 25, 2017 — Rachel Roubein and Nathaniel Weixel today report in The Hill that Congress is approaching a healthcare deadline with enormous stakes for millions of people — and this time it isn’t about Obamacare.

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which serves 9 million low- and middle-income children, is set to expire at the end of September, setting up a crucial deadline for a Congress already grappling with other high-stakes battle.

The looming deadline for CHIP has been overshadowed by the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, and lawmakers left town for the summer without addressing the issue.

The stakes are high, and the uncertainty has states worried. The longer Congress waits to renew the program, the more likely it will be that they have to impose enrollment slowdowns or even cancel policies.

“For a state, they’re really trying to almost read the tea leaves of will Congress, won’t Congress, extend CHIP funding on time — and using that to dictate some very difficult and practical decisions they have to make, which is just really tough,” said Kelly Whitener, associate professor of the practice at Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families.

Senior aides on both sides of the aisle express confidence that the reauthorization of CHIP will remain a bipartisan affair, as it has been in years past, despite the tensions generated by the Obamacare debate.

A two-year CHIP reauthorization passed in April 2015, months before the program was set to expire, and the provision was included in a larger Medicare reform package.

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