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Future of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Alaska

Kids will be safe through September 30, 2019 in Alaska
October 2017-Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ended September 30, 2017 when the federal fiscal year ended without Congressional action. Congress can still act at any time to authorize funding coverage, which is known as Denali KidCare in Alaska.
Current law allows states to continue using unspent federal fund allotments collected before October 1, 2017. The Department of Health and Social Services estimates Alaska’s funding will last until March 31, 2018. After the unspent 2017 CHIP allotments is spent, the funding for children enrolled in Denali KidCare will revert to the lower Medicaid match rate.
Because of this, there are no immediate changes to Denali KidCare eligibility, enrollment, renewals, or benefits after October 1, 2017. Program authorization for CHIP children will run through September 30, 2019.
It is critically important for children with health coverage through Denali KidCare to continue using their benefits.

Congress can still act in the coming months, and bill is scheduled to move to the House floor for a vote the week of October 29, 2017.  The Senate has approved in committee a bi-partisan bill to continue Denali KidCare funding.
About Denali KidCare: Currently more than 17,700 are enrolled in the Denali KidCare program. Families earning up to $5,202 a month (for a family of 4) can qualify for coverage. The Department of Health and Social Services administers DenaliCare (Medicaid) and Denali KidCare (CHIP) for Alaskans who qualify.