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Children's Health Insurance Program

The Affordable Care Act extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2015 and continues the authority for the program through 2019.

Beginning in January 2014, all individuals under 65 years of age with income below 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($14,500 for an individual and $29,7000 for a family of four in 2011) many of whom have children enrolled in CHIP, will be eligible for Medicaid. Children currently covered by CHIP with family incomes between 100–133 percent FPL will transition to Medicaid but states will retain their ability to claim the enhanced CHIP matching rate. The law provides for a 23 percentage point increase in the CHIP federal matching rate beginning in October 2015.

Areas of interest under this provision:

Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment: Creating a simple streamlined system of affordable coverage between Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

Proposed Federal Regulation-Medicaid Program: Eligibility Expansion under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 - August 17, 2011

See current children's eligibility levels.

Children of Public Employees: Providing federal funding to states that provide coverage to children of public employees through the Children's Health Insurance Program.