Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to the members of Louisiana's Congressional Delegation urging them to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a fundamental element of health care access for more than 122,000 Louisiana children in need through the Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP). Here are eight things to know about how the program is funded and why reauthorization is stalled. Medicaid and CHIP combined have brought the uninsured rate among children to 5 percent, the lowest it has ever been, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Officials said the revision means CMS can make states whole with federal dollars through December 31, 2017, even if a state has already received its original share of the redistribution funding under the current proration rule. Congress must pass a bill to renew funding for the program.
CHIP serves about 9 million children nationwide and the U.S. Congress allowed funding for the program to expire in September.