CHIP on the horizon
There is one big health care fight coming up for kids in Colorado— advocating for continued federal financing of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, through which Colorado’s CHP+ program operates. Federal financing for the program expires at the end of September, and it is critical for the roughly 90,000 Colorado kids and pregnant women who use CHP+ for their health insurance each year that financing for the program continue. We are urging our federal delegation to support funding for CHIP through September 2019 to align with policy authorization for the program, and to support our state budget by ensuring states continue to receive enhanced federal payments through the program. Medicaid and CHP+ have been the 1-2 punch in Colorado that have helped us achieve historically high rates of health insurance for kids in our state, helping more kids then ever get off to a healthy start. Check back here for more details on efforts to extend CHIP financing over the next several weeks.