Future of Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+)

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August 16, 2017 Department Update

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known in Colorado as Child Health Plan Plus, or CHP+, ends September 30, 2017, unless Congress Acts. If Congress does not act, the program, as it is currently operating, will end in the first quarter of 2018.  

  • At this time, there are no immediate changes to CHP+ eligibility, enrollment, renewals, or benefits on October 1, 2017.
    • CHP+ applications and redeterminations will continue to be processed
    • CHP+ members will still be able to use their benefits and access needed care
  • The Department is beginning to plan for the necessary actions that will need to be taken if Congress does not authorize any new federal funding after September 30, 2017. 
    • We do not know what Congress will do
    • Congress can act at any time before or after September 30, 2017
       
  • Current law allows states to continue to spend unspent federal fund allotments collected before October 1, 2017. 
    • Because of this, there will be no immediate changes to CHP+ eligibility, enrollment, renewals, or benefits on October 1, 2017, even if Congress has not taken action by that time
    • CHP+ benefits will not end until the federal fund allotment Colorado already possesses as of September 30, 2017, runs out
      • We estimate this would happen sometime in the first quarter of calendar year 2018
      • We do not know the exact date
      • This would occur only if Congress does not authorize any new federal funding after September 30, 2017
  • If Congress does not act, and after the federal fund allotment Colorado already possesses is spent, the CHP+ program will end.
    • If the program ends, the system will automatically check to see if the children and pregnant women who were covered by CHP+ qualify for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) or a subsidy to purchase private insurance through Connect for Health Colorado 

 

May 3, 2017 Department Update

The Department sent a letter to the Colorado congressional delegation informing them that without action by Congress to re-finance CHIP, Colorado can continue to expend money granted to the state through the CHIP program (Title XXI of the Social Security Act) until the state allocation is exhausted. Read the letter.

July 21, 2016 Department Update

The Department hosted a public meeting on July 21, 2016, to discuss Future of CHP+ options and to receive feedback and advice from interested stakeholders. The following is a link to the presentation and recording of the meeting:   

August 17, 2015 Department Update

The Department hosted a public meeting on August 17, 2015, to discuss the Future of CHP+ goals. The following are links to the draft goals and the presentation. 

Additional Information

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP): Looking Ahead: A Timeline of State Policy & Operational Considerations if Federal CHIP Funding Ends for States