Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on September 30, 2017. States were able to continue to operate their programs in the short term with leftover CHIP allotment funds from fiscal year 2017. When will states run out of federal CHIP funds? Read more here.

The Children’s Hospital Association sent a letter to House and Senate Committees regarding the tax package. The letter highlights a number of areas identified by Children’s Hospitals Association member as consensus areas of concern. You can read the letter here.

Approved and Pending Eligibility and Enrollment Restrictions

Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC was commissioned by the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) to estimate the financial impact of creating nationally designated pediatric networks to enhance care coordination for children
with medical complexity (CMC) within the Medicaid program over a 10-year period (original estimates 2014-2023 and updated estimates 2017-2026). Read the Executive Summary

The National Institute of Nursing Research has released a new brochure highlighting the value of palliative care for children living with serious illnesses. To order or download a free copy of the brochure and learn more about the Palliative Care: Conversations Matter campaign, visit or call 301-496-0207. NINR is currently working to translate the brochure into Spanish.

As part of a Medicaid at 50 series, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities took an in-depth look at how Medicaid helps millions of people in every state. You can explore this data in the state-by-state fact sheets.

2015-2016 Medicaid Hospital Funding Guide

2015-2016 Medicaid Hospital Funding Guide

Comparison of Pediatric Services in Florida-Palliative

GAO Releases Medicaid Supplemental Payment Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on the
distribution of Medicaid supplemental payments which looked at four state
Medicaid programs (FL, NM, OK and TX) and focused on the hospitals’ use of
revenues from large upper payment limit (UPL) and demonstration supplemental
payments they received and the basis on which selected states distributed
supplemental payments to hospitals. Read more here.

GAO Compares Pediatric Provider Networks in CHIP and Exchange Plans

A March 7 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report compares pediatric
provider networks and standards in CHIP plans and the qualified health plans
(QHPs) sold in the exchanges in Alabama, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, and
Washington. GAO interviewed insurers, state and federal officials, children’s
hospitals, and CHA staff for this analysis. The report is observational and does
not include any recommendations. Among the findings:
•CHIP network adequacy standards are more pediatric-specific than QHP standards.
•All but one QHP issuer included at least one children’s hospital in their CHIP
and QHP networks; one issuer arranges with four non-children’s hospitals to care
for pediatric enrollees.
•Children’s hospitals reported they are in most CHIP plans.
•Hospitals are concerned about the impact of network exclusion and tiered
networks on children’s access.
•CHIP and QHP issuers face challenges in recruiting some types of specialists,
particularly behavioral health providers, due to rural challenges and workforce

Healthy Kids 2015 Annual Report

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Should Be Extended, But Not Indefinitely, Urges New Report by Bipartisan Policy Center

Washington, D.C.– The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should be extended for a minimum of two years at the current authorized 2015 level of $21.1 billion per year with the long-term goal of unifying families under the same health insurance program or plan. Those are some of the recommendations released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) as policymakers consider ways to extend CHIP funding and preserve health insurance for the estimated 8.13 million people who receive coverage under the program.
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Excerpts from the Study of Hospital Funding and Payment Methodologies for Florida Medicaid

Full Report: Study of Hospital Funding and Payment Methodologies for Florida Medicaid

Florida Children’s Hospitals

Updated FACH Report

Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase Brief

Who To Follow On Twitter

@MilKidsMatter — A coalition of children’s hospitals working to improve
TRICARE and care experiences for military children

Kidcare Reports

June 2018 Kid Care Enrollment

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July 2017 Lawfully Residing Enrollment

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Lawfully Residing Enrollment as of April 2017

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