Written by Joan Alker and published by the Center for Children and Families. Reposted here with their permission.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is extremely important to Florida as it helps about 345,000 Florida children get the health care they need to support their healthy development and succeed in school.
CHIP has also worked hand-in-hand with Medicaid to reduce Florida’s child uninsured rate to an all time low of 6.2 percent in 2016. This is still higher than the national rate of 4.5 percent.
The new federal CHIP law was good news for Florida’s children as it should protect their access to affordable health coverage for the next decade.
This week we released a report and hosted a webinar with the Health Affinity funders of the Florida Philanthropic Network on how the new CHIP law will work for Florida children and families.
The new law would:
In Florida, CHIP funds coverage for children in families of three earning up to about $3,723 per month. Florida uses federal CHIP funding to operate three programs: MediKids, Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan. The CHIP matching funds are also supporting lawfully residing immigrant children in both Medicaid and CHIP.
The report is the second in a series of reports on CHIP recently published by Georgetown University CCF and the Health Affinity Funders of the Florida Philanthropic Network.
Joan Alker is the executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and a research professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a nationally recognized expert on Medicaid and CHIP and has conducted extensive research and analysis on Florida’s public health coverage programs.