Children’s Health Program Funding Set To Expire Sept. 30


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The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to cover uninsured, low-income children who are not eligible for Medicaid. All states, including Kansas, have expanded children’s coverage through the program. Congress last reauthorized CHIP in 2015, but funding was approved only through September 30, 2017.

Last week, Senate Finance Committee leadership announced a bipartisan plan to extend CHIP for five more years. However, if the reauthorization deal falters in either the Senate or the House, CHIP funding could still expire.

The Kansas Health Institute has published an issue brief that examines how Kansans could be impacted by federal decisions regarding CHIP.

  • Unless Congress acts soon, authorization for federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will end on September 30, 2017, impacting approximately 38,000 low-income children in Kansas.
  • If funding is not reauthorized, states with separate CHIP programs, such as Kansas, could choose to wait before terminating their programs, or they could plan to transition children to other coverage options.
  • If CHIP is not reauthorized, states can spend carryover and redistributed funds in federal fiscal year 2018. Kansas’ federal funds likely
    would be exhausted by the end of March 2018.
  • The Senate proposal to extend CHIP five years would preserve an additional 23 percent in federal match rate for CHIP through 2019.
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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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