Since the funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC) lapsed on September 30th, many states are starting to feel the impact of the funding delays. Some have already started to notify families about potential changes to coverage early next year. Community health centers have also started receiving notifications about cessation of grant funding.
There has been some progress on the funding renewal. In early November, the House passed a bill seeking to refinance the CHIP funding for five years, and CHC funding for two years. The bill has now gone to the Senate for approval this month, and negotiators are working hard to secure bipartisan agreement on how to fund the programs. Read more here.