The current CHIP funding arrangement is especially beneficial to Massachusetts and other states, since the federal government provides 88 percent of the program’s dollars compared to the usual 50-50 split for other jointly funded state-federal healthcare programs.
BOSTON — Healthcare industry insiders, including Gov. Charlie Baker and elected officials on Beacon Hill, are beginning to fret over the future of a program that provides insurance coverage to about a quarter of children in Massachusetts, mostly on the federal government’s dime.
“Developments over the next several months could have strong repercussions for Massachusetts children,” the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, wrote in June in a 14-page report on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The report concludes Massachusetts and other states would exhaust their current CHIP allocations by March 2018 unless Congress took action.
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