Utah warns Children’s Health Insurance Program will shut down if feds don’t act


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The State of Utah issued a warning Friday: If the federal government does not approve more funding for CHIP, Utah CHIP coverage will likely end on January 31, 2018.

CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) provides health coverage to children, through Medicaid and separate programs. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government. Starting October of this year the federal government stopped funding the program. 

Utah say they have enough federal money from past years to continue the program until January 2018, but after that funds will have to stop. 

“If this happens, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) will send families a letter telling them when their child(ren)’s CHIP coverage will end. If Utah CHIP coverage ends, many of the children will be eligible for coverage on the federal exchange,” a notice on the Utah CHIP website said.

Click here for more information about CHIP. See the full statement from the Utah Department of Health here. 

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