The future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

by Steffani Bailey The future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the United States is uncertain after 2017. If not reauthorized or similar funding is not available after that date, getting health insurance coverage for some children could be difficult, which in turn, could impact their access to healthcare. This study examined patterns of healthcare utilization among children after Oregon’s 2009-2010 Children’s Health Insurance Program expansion. Using electronic health record data from 154 Oregon community health centers and Medicaid/CHIP data from the state of Oregon, we conducted a study of pediatric patients who gained public insurance coverage during...