Congress is Back in Session Next Week, What’s Next for CHIP?

capital-dome1.jpgMonday marks the return to Washington, D.C., for our Members of Congress. As the clock ticks down towards the end of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) all eyes are on Capitol Hill.

Two and a half weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, a bill which—among many other provisions—includes a two year extension of CHIP funding. We expect the Senate to consider the bill early next week when Congress is officially back in session.

This package includes a permanent “doc fix” (avoiding a double-digit funding cut to Medicare doctors, currently slated for April 16) and an extension of funding for the CHIP program, maintaining current law. It is unclear how quickly the package will advance, but Senate leaders have stated they intend to take it up promptly upon on their return. While final passage next week is possible, there could be some procedural steps before a final vote is scheduled.

Assuming the legislation passes in both the Senate and House, President Barack Obama has publicly shared that he has his “pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill.”

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