Status Summary

Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar on 12/20/2017 (updated 12/4/18)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Orrin Hatch

S1827 extends funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project through Fiscal Year of 2022. 

In addition, the bill reauthorizes through FY2022:

  • the qualifying-states option (allows states that provided coverage to children currenlty eligible for CHIP prior to CHIP's enactment to continue coverage), and
  • the express-lane eligibility option (allows states to use eligibility findings from other public benefit programs to determine children's eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP).

Beginning in FY2020, the bill allows state child-health plans to adopt more restrictive eligibility standards with respect to children in families whose income exceeds 300% of the poverty line.

The bill extends funding through FY2022 for the Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project and the Pediatric Quality Measures Program and specified outreach and enrollment grants.

Current law provides states with an enhanced Federal Matching Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for child-health assistance through FY2019.  S1827 maintains the enhanced FMAP in FY2020,