MedPage Today takes a long look at how the health law impacts children's health programs.
MedPage Today: CHIP Faces Uncertain Future
The final implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be bad news for re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a congressional staffer said. … Authorization for the program, which provides health coverage to families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford costly health insurance, expires at the end of September 2013. But it remains to be seen how CHIP will work with the ACA. President Obama's 2010 health law sought to expand Medicaid coverage for those living up to 133 percent of poverty, while providing tax credits for those who don't [qualify] for expanded Medicaid and make up to 400 percent of poverty. ... CHIP won't completely disappear after its current 4-year authorization ends on September 30. Instead, the program will just revert back to previous year's funding levels and lawmakers will have an opportunity to wait for the ACA to fully come online and reassess the program (Pittman, 5/5).