CHIP provides states with options when designing their programs. States can choose to use CHIP funds to expand their Medicaid programs, establish separate CHIP programs, or offer a mix of both types. Within broad federal rules and guidelines, states have considerable flexibility in separate CHIP programs to determine benefit packages. States also can set premium and other cost-sharing requirements within federal rules. This report examines covered benefits, limitations, and premium and cost-sharing provisions in 2013 for 42 separate CHIP programs in 38 states. The report seeks to expand understanding of the extent of coverage these programs provide and examine the similarities and differences in coverage among them.
- The ACA has the potential to cut the number of uninsured children by 40%. (Source:Improving Coverage for Children Under Health Reform)
- The ACA has helped maintain or improve access to preventive services for 54% of children. (Source: ACA Protects and Improves Access to Preventive Care for Children)
- 47 states have applied for or received increased federal funds to make major upgrades to Medicaid enrollment systems (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)
- In 2012, 92.8% of children in the United States had health insurance coverage. (Source: Children's Health Coverage on the Eve of the Affordable Care Act)
- In January 2014, eligibility levels for parents and childless adults will significantly increase in the 26 states, including DC, that are expanding Medicaid to adults. (Source: New! Getting Into Gear for 2014)