Child Health Program Renewed by Congress

After a three-day shutdown, the federal government reopened on Tuesday when Congress passed another continuing resolution (CR) that authorizes funding through February 8. The CR included federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and the President has signed the bill into law. This means the CHP+ program will continue in Colorado.

This week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will begin notifying CHP+ members that the program will continue. Additional information will be made available in the coming days on CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP.

Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement on the end of the federal government shutdown:

“It is good news that CHIP is now fully funded,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We hope and expect that DACA families will, at the least, be granted deferred action in the coming weeks, and be able to achieve some peace of mind. And a longer-term budget solution wouldn’t hurt either.”

Important Reminders

  • CHP+ members can continue to go to the doctor and use their benefits.
  • CHP+ children can continue to go to the dentist.
  • CHP+ providers can continue to make and keep appointments with the CHP+ members.

If a CHP+ member receives a letter stating it is time to renew their CHP+ benefits, they should follow the instructions in the letter and pay their enrollment fee, if one is owed. If they don’t pay their enrollment fee, they may not have coverage.

We encourage you to sign up for our Future of CHP+ newsletter for updates.

San Juan Basin Public Health is a local public health agency, governed by a seven member local Board of Health, serving all residents of Archuleta and La Plata counties. For close to 70 years, San Juan Basin Public Health has improved the health and environment of the Southwest Colorado.

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Claire Ninde

Claire Ninde is Communications Director for San Juan Basin public Health. Learn more at https://sjbpublichealth.org/