CHIP Program Funding Could End Sooner Than Expected

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY)-  States across the nation, including West Virginia, may be facing a loss of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

 

The CHIP program provides health coverage to 9 million children from lower income households that do not qualify for Medicaid coverage.

 

The funding allocation for the CHIP program was supposed to fund many states through March 31st.

 

But some states will start running out of money as soon as January 19th, according to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Moreover, since Congress has still not reauthorized long term funding for CHIP, millions of children and pregnant women could lose health coverage.

 

The Board of Directors for the West Virginia CHIP voted to shut down the program on February 28, 2018 if Congress does not allocate funding to the program soon.