- David Nather
- Aug 21
Here’s how long Congress has to renew CHIP
Technically, Congress is supposed to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program by the end of September, and it hasn't gotten very far on that. But here's why some top Republicans think they have a bit more time. This graphic is based on projections from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), and it shows when states are expected to exhaust their federal CHIP funds.
Yes, but: As we've written, states have to go through a lot of preparations to shut down their programs before then if there's no sign that Congress is getting its act together. It's better for all of them if Congress can renew the program quickly, without a lot of unnecessary drama.
Data: MACPAC 2017 analysis; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios