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New Federal CHIP Law Should Help Florida’s Children

June 05, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherine Hope | 202-687-1058

New Federal CHIP Law Should Help Florida’s Children

A new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families provides an overview of how recent changes to the federal CHIP law will impact children’s health coverage in Florida. The report, developed with the support of the Health Affinity funders of the Florida Philanthropic Network, found the new law would:

·  Protect children by ensuring that Florida cannot rollback eligibility for children’s health coverage for ten years.

·  Focus needed attention on improving quality of care by requiring Florida and all states to report on quality “indicators” for children in Medicaid and CHIP beginning in 2024.

·  Slowly taper off CHIP’s enhanced federal match rate to states but provide Florida with more federal funding than was expected for FY 2020.

CHIP funds coverage for more than 345,000 children in Florida whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford insurance in the private market. Florida uses CHIP funding to operate three programs: MediKids, Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services Managed Care Plan. In Florida, CHIP funds coverage for children in families of three earning up to about $3,723 per month.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, the Florida Philanthropic Network Health Funders are hosting a webinar featuring report author Joan Alker, a research professor and executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

To register for the webinar, click here. If you would prefer to join by phone, please dial (888) 437-3179.

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