Maine and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - What you need to know!

Posted on November 15, 2017

Affordable, high-quality, consistent coverage for more than 23,000 Maine children is at risk without a CHIP funding extension at current levels. A delayed CHIP extension forces states to freeze or limit children’s coverage. Uncertainty about the amount or timeline for continuation of funding places undue stress on families and states. Children need access to continuous, affordable health care coverage to succeed in school and life. Families need the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing their children can get the care they need at a price they can afford and that their family is protected from financial catastrophe in the event of an illness or injury. States need sufficient time to plan budgets to ensure they can provide adequate coverage to low-income children and families who rely on CHIP.

Resources:

·         A link to the Kaiser Family Foundation Report “Current Status of State Planning for the Future of CHIP,” which will provide you with an estimated timeframe of when Maine is likely to exhaust its CHIP funds.

·         Medicaid Fact Sheet and CHIP FACTS for Maine provides specific data for our state that the Academy recently produced with Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families. Children's Health Fact Sheet also available.

·         AAP’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Advocacy Toolkit