Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


Since it was created in 1997, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has become a critical source of health insurance coverage for millions of low- and moderate-income working families. CHIP, which is run by states who have flexibility in using federal matching funds, is a proven and broadly-supported way to ensure California’s kids get the care they need to stay healthy and succeed.

Current federal funding for CHIP is set to end after September 30, 2017, and California will spend its entire existing allotment before the end of this calendar year. Congress last extended CHIP as part of the Medicaid and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), legislation that passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Millions more children would become worse off without CHIP, as families would have to pay significantly more for less robust and child-appropriate health coverage.


Join the California Children’s Health Coverage Coalition on May 4th at 2pm PT for a webinar to discuss a CHIP Renewal Strategy, including an advocacy Playbook for California stakeholders. The webinar and shared Playbook will help California stakeholders:

  • Learn about the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the critical role it plays for children and families, the upcoming funding cliff absent federal action on CHIP, and what is at stake for California; and
  • Be empowered to participate in CHIP advocacy strategies, including tips on how to talk to decision-makers about renewal of CHIP funding.

Please register here .


Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Advocacy for Californians PowerPoint, May 4

CHIP Playbook