CHIP 101: Past, Present and Future


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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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First Focus is pleased to cosponsor a lunch briefing entitled, CHIP 101: Past, Present and Future. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established in 1997 to expand coverage for targeted low income children in families that have income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to find affordable health coverage. CHIP plays a large role in keeping children healthy by covering over eight million children throughout the United States.

This briefing will provide an introduction to the CHIP program as well as present a discussion of more advanced topics such as how CHIP fits into the future of the health care system. Pediatric experts will discuss why CHIP was created, how CHIP presently keeps children healthy following the significant improvements made to the program in 2009, and what the future of children’s health coverage could look like without congressional action. The panelists will each give a short presentation and leave time to answer your questions.

Moderator: Robert Hall, JD, MPAff, Associate Director, Department of Federal Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics


  • Jocelyn Guyer, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families
  • Marsha Dendler Raulerson, MD FAAP, Chair, AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs
  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus

This briefing is the second in a four-part series dedicated to exploring how Medicaid matters to kids’ health. Medicaid Matters for Kids features national pediatric policy experts addressing topics such as the basics of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as more advanced topics such as cutting-edge, cost-saving innovations in delivery system improvement.

Sponsored by: Children’s Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices, First Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, and March of Dimes