The recent extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) introduces a new opportunity for advocates to encourage their states to increase access to affordable health coverage for their residents, including more immigrant children and pregnant women.
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 provides states with a new opportunity to provide affordable health coverage to many immigrant children and pregnant women through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
As part of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA, Public Law 111-3), Congress created a new option that allows states to receive federal funding to provide affordable health care coverage to lawfully residing immigrant children and pregnant women under Medicaid and CHIP. This training reviewed July 2010 federal guidance about this option and was designed to help advocates understand the categories of immigrants that are considered “lawfully residing” under the new Medicaid and CHIP option. (PDF of PowerPoint presentation from Nov. 15, 2010, webinar.)