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PA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES • JAN. 24, 2018

THIS WEEK'S IMPACT: CELEBRATING CHIP RE-AUTHORIZATION

PA kids will continue to have access to high-quality health care coverage thanks to CHIP funding renewal
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More than 180,000 Pennsylvania children depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for health care coverage. In September, Congress let federal funding for the program expire.

Since then, Governor Wolf's Administration pushed for re-authorization of the program and advocated its importance. We magnified stories from families who said they wouldn't know what to do without help from CHIP.

 
VIDEO: PA mom Jennie Sheeks talks about how the possibility of losing CHIP coverage for her son, Kam-au, was "a really terrifying thought."

Just days before we were scheduled to send out a letter notifying CHIP families that they would be losing their coverage, Congress re-authorized the program.
 

“I am relieved Congress has finally reauthorized this critical
program after months of uncertainty for the Pennsylvania families
who access health care for their children through CHIP.” 

- Governor Tom Wolf
 
We could not be more thankful that the Pennsylvanians who depend on CHIP will no longer have to worry about losing their coverage.

Visit the CHIP website to apply for coverage or learn more about the program.
 
IN THE NEWS
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After months in limbo for children's health insurance, huge relief over deal
In its 20-year history, CHIP had always been uncontroversial, even popular in both parties. Its funding needs to be periodically renewed, and it always had been taken care of well in advance of the money running out.
Story via NPR
CHIP is finally getting funded — after 114 days without a budget
Congress did pass a short-term funding patch for CHIP in late December but that only secured funding through mid-January, creating another funding cliff that collided with the entire federal government’s budget running out.
Story via Vox
Children's Health Insurance Program funded — finally
While the state re-authorized its own funding for CHIP last year, Pennsylvania only contributes about 10 percent of the total cost for CHIP.
Story via Post-Gazette
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