America’s Essential Hospitals sent a support letter commending House efforts to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is set to expire at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2015. The legislation was introduced by the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee, Henry Waxman (D-CA), and the ranking Democrat on the E&C Health Subcommittee, Frank Pallone (D-NJ).
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that nearly 13 million children will be enrolled in CHIP during FY 2015. The CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2014 would extend CHIP funding through FY 2019. Without the extension, the Government Accountability Office estimates that nearly two million children could be left uninsured.
In addition to extending the program, the proposed legislation would extend the payment parity offered under the Affordable Care Act for Medicaid primary care services, which expires at the end of 2014. Further, the bill maintains and enhances existing quality measurement and reporting activities, offers enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) as an incentive to strengthen quality reporting activities, and enforces mandatory reporting of pediatric quality measures.
America’s Essential Hospitals supports the reporting of quality measures across state and federal health care programs, such as CHIP and Medicaid, and applauds efforts to move in this direction.