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Calling it a "down payment on my commitment to cover every single American," President Barack Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 into law on February 4, 2009.  The law will provide health care to millions of children across the country and went into effect on April 1, 2009.

CMS administers the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Children began receiving insurance through CHIP in 1997 and the program helped states expand health care coverage to over 5 million of the nation's uninsured children.  The program was reauthorized on February 4, 2009, when the President signed into law the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA or Public Law 111-3).  CHIPRA finances the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2013.  It will preserve coverage for the millions of children who rely on CHIP today and provides the resources for States to reach millions of additional uninsured children.  This legislation will help ensure the health and well-being of our nation's children.

The Children's Health Insurance Program is jointly financed by the Federal and State governments and is administered by the States.  Within broad Federal guidelines, each State determines the design of its program, eligibility groups, benefit packages, payment levels for coverage, and administrative and operating procedures.  CHIP provides a capped amount of funds to States on a matching basis.  Federal payments under title XXI to States are based on State expenditures under approved plans effective on or after October 1, 1997.

Enrollment in CHIP

CHIP national aggregate enrollment from FY 1998 is shown in the download below, "CHIP Ever Enrolled Year Graph".  

CHIP enrollment report tables are located on the "CHIP Enrollment Reports" section list page.


CHIP Ever Enrolled Year Graph [PDF, 48 KB]
Related Links Inside CMS

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President's Remarks on CHIPRA at Signing

Presidential Memorandum -- State Children's Health Insurance Program

CHIPRA Legislation

CHIPRA 2009 Legislation Document [PDF, 424 KB]


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