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Happy “Platinum” Anniversary to Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Created 20 Years Ago This Month

August 10, 2017

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(Phoenix, AZ) – The State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, this year celebrates its 20th anniversary with a strong history of bipartisan support in Arizona and around the nation.

Authorized in 1997 by a bipartisan vote in Congress, CHIP is an affordable health coverage option for children in working, low-income families across the country who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid (AHCCCS in Arizona), yet cannot afford private or employer-sponsored plans. CHIP provides federal dollars to the states, with some states, such as Arizona, now funded 100% through our federal tax dollars.

Arizona’s CHIP, known as KidsCare, was reinstated in September of 2016 after being frozen for six years. In just the last 10 months, more than 21,000 children are now covered by KidsCare. Families participating in KidsCare pay low-cost monthly premiums for high quality health insurance, giving them access to medical care that covers routine and emergency treatments, dental work, prescription medications and the ability to for kids to get healthy and stay healthy.

CHIP is a positive force for state economies: A report from Harvard Business School finds parents are more likely to start a business if their children have access to CHIP. Families with CHIP have a 23% higher rate of being self-employed.
Congress will take up the issue of reauthorizing CHIP funding when it returns from summer recess in September.