Health Care Coverage Legislative Initiatives: The Texas Medical Association continues to strongly support legislation to establish a buy-in option under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for families with uninsured children who do not currently qualify for CHIP. Any CHIP buy-in program must include policies to deter families or employers from dropping private coverage in favor of public coverage, including graduated premium payments based on family income, a limited open-enrollment period, and a waiting period.
TMA support for any CHIP buy-in legislation will be contingent on continued, aggressive, and simultaneous efforts to (1) increase Medicaid and CHIP payment rates to Medicare parity or better; (2) enact 12-months' continuous coverage for children in Medicaid; (3) ensure sufficient funding for the state's eligibility system so that applications for Medicaid or CHIP are timely adjudicated; and (4) expand availability of affordable private health insurance for small businesses and their employees (CL/CSE/SC-MCU Rep. 3-A-09).
Last Updated On
October 07, 2016