Moving Fast in D.C.: CHIP Reauthorization and More Federal Dollars for Texas Medicaid
Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102
January 13, 2009
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Congress is expected to pass a reauthorization of the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) block grant this week to make it available for the new presidentâ€™s signature as one of his first acts (this block grant provides the federal share of the Texas Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP). Meanwhile, Congress and the incoming administration are also developing and negotiating a sweeping economic recovery package, now expected to be debated in February. The stimulus package is now expected to include $80 to $100 billion in enhanced Medicaid funding for states over two years. As a result, Texas may receive several billion dollars in additional Medicaid funds for the 2010-2011 state budget. Our Legislature will then decide whetherâ€"or notâ€"a portion of those funds is devoted to improving our struggling Medicaid program at a time when families need help more than ever.