Legislative Updates

CHIP Program

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Congress continues inching toward an agreement to reauthorize and extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), though no resolution is in sight before the program’s funding technically expires on September 30.

Earlier this month, Senate Finance Committee leaders Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced an agreement to reauthorize and extend funding for the program for five years, but further discussion was quickly scuttled by the revival of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

After that effort eventually collapsed in the Senate, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced on Thursday that it intends to mark up their own CHIP reauthorization during the week of October 2, after the deadline has already expired. The Energy & Commerce package is expected to include additional programs that were not part of the Senate agreement but details and text of the legislation are not yet available.