Sequestration Replacement Cuts Could Unravel the Country’s Success in Covering Children

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, charged with finding offsets to avoid reductions to defense spending, has passed a package of cuts totaling $113 billion. The package includes the elimination of two provisions that have helped to drive down the number of uninsured children to the lowest level on record: 1) repeal of the stability protections in the ACA that have kept Medicaid and CHIP coverage steady for children in recent years, and 2) cancellation of an innovative, pay-for-performance program that has rewarded states for connecting eligible children to coverage.