State Medicaid executive: The future of CHIP is unknown
In 2016, 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program that has been in place for two decades. Now, Congress is struggling to agree on a funding plan to keep the program going.
“The CHIP program is a program funded by the federal government which allows us here in Washington to cover children with a little bit higher income than our Medicaid program. So in Washington we cover children between 250 percent of the federal poverty level and up to 312 percent of the federal poverty level,” said Mary Wood, the assistant director for the Division of Medicaid Eligibility and Community Support, on KIRO Radio’s Seattle Morning News.
For example, the children in a family of five would qualify for free healthcare if the family’s gross monthly income is less than $3,694. Children in a family of four would qualify for free care if the family’s gross monthly income is less than $3,153.