America’s Essential Hospitals submitted comments Dec. 19 to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and joined 48 other national associations in a sign-on letter, urging the commission to support a funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funding for CHIP, which provides coverage for eight million children, is set to expire by the end of fiscal year 2015. MACPAC has previously recommended that Congress continue funding the program for two additional years. But the association urged MACPAC to recommend that Congress continue funding for four years to allow for adequate time for policymakers to assess the sufficiency of other sources of coverage, such as the health insurance marketplaces (exchanges). The association also recommended that during this transition period, MACPAC should evaluate marketplace health plans on key criteria, including network adequacy, affordability, and covered benefits, to ensure they will be able to provide children with access to affordable and comprehensive coverage that is comparable to CHIP.
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