From August 2007 through July 2008, Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families kept state-level officials and child health advocates apprised of important issues concerning health care coverage for children, with an emphasis on changes to the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
CHIP gives matching funds to states in order to provide health insurance to children in families with incomes that are modest but too high to qualify for Medicaid. Reauthorization with substantial changes had been expected in autumn 2007, but a political stalemate resulted in an extension of the existing law in December 2007 instead.
This project was originally designed to inform key audiences about the provisions of the reauthorization. After the extension passed, the focus shifted to addressing regulatory changes and ways to expand coverage under the existing program.