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CMS Announces Second Round of CHIPRA Outreach and Enrollment Grants
On February 3, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a funding opportunity announcement for a second round of CHIPRA outreach and enrollment grants to states, local governments, community-based and nonprofit organizations, Indian tribes, and others to support outreach activities and enrollment of children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. Grant applications are due by April 18, 2011, and awards will be announced in July 2011.
CMS Releases Guidance on Medicaid and CHIP Coverage of Lawfully Residing Immigrant Children and Pregnant Women
On July 1, 2010, CMS released guidancethat describes in greater detail the broad definition that CMS has adopted for the term "lawfully residing" immigrants and pregnant women who have been in the United States for fewer than five years, whom states now have the option to cover in Medicaid and CHIP. The letter also clarifies the eligibility determination process and the federal matching rate that states will receive for these individuals.
Summary of Final CHIP Reauthorization Bill (Families USA, February 2, 2009)
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (HR 2) (signed by the President on February 4, 2009)
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From Families USA:
Streamlining Citizenship Documentation: States Can Make Documenting Citizenship and Identity Easier discusses several important changes that the CHIP Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) made to the citizenship documentation requirement that make it less burdensome for consumers and states. (June 2010)
Issue Briefs on CHIPRA Implementation: In February 2009, after a protracted political fight, Congress enacted, and President Obama signed, legislation that renewed CHIP through the end of 2013 and expanded its scope. These issue briefs examine the new provisions that were included in the reauthorization and how they will affect implementation.
To mark the second anniversary of CHIPRA, HHS released a report, Connecting Kids to Coverage: Continuing the Progress. The report reviews the progress that has been achieved during fiscal year 2010 and highlights state, federal, and community efforts to enroll all eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP. (February 4, 2011)
From the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured:
CHIP Tips: Children’s Oral Health Benefits looks at the improvements that the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) has made in oral health for kids. Tooth decay is still the single most common chronic disease among children. Under CHIPRA, all CHIP programs are required to provide comprehensive dental benefits, as well as other improvements, including better access to benefit and provider information. (March 2010)