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CMS Has Given States More Than $600 Million to Keep CHIP Running

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Connecting state and local government leaders

As many has 14 states and territories have needed emergency funding from the federal government. That number is bound to grow if Congressional delays continue.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have paid more than $600 million to states and territories since the authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program lapsed at the end of September.

This money is left over from CHIP allotments in previous years, and CMS is using it to help keep the funding for some state programs from bottoming out. As Route Fifty has previously reported, most states have enough CHIP funding to make it through 2017, but a handful of state programs are in a more precarious position. According to a CMS spokesperson, 14 states and territories—including California ($347,524,199), Pennsylvania ($8,358,293), Massachusetts ($50,733,333), Arizona ($43,931,900) and Oregon ($37,997,320)—have required an emergency injection of funds from the federal government thus far, and the number of jurisdictions in need is only growing.

Nevada is the latest state to file a request with CMS for additional funding. The state is requesting $11.3 million to continue running its program, which currently covers 27,500 children.

According to a recent memo sent to the states by CMS, the federal government has just under $3 billion available to redistribute as a stopgap until CHIP is reauthorized. It is unlikely that Congress will act to extend CHIP’s funding before the end of the year.

Quinn Libson is a Staff Correspondent for Government Executive’s Route Fifty, based in Washington, D.C.

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