House Passes CHIP Bill, But Its Future is Unclear

The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.  The bill also contains a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts, and essential funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs or community health centers).  While there has always been bipartisan support for CHIP, the House vote was along party lines, with Democrats – including the Massachusetts delegation – opposing the bill, mainly because its cuts the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. It is unclear whether the Senate will get to the bill before December.