Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development
On Tuesday the White House Office of Management and Budget proposed that Congress rescind $15.4 billion in prior appropriations to federal programs, including nearly $7 billion from the Children's Health Insurance Program and $800 million from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 authorized $5.1 billion of the CHIP funds to supplement the 2017 national allotments to states, but the authorization expired October 2017. While the CMMI funds were authorized for fiscal years 2011-2019. For the proposed rescissions to take effect, Congress would have to pass legislation and implement within 45 days. AzHHA is particularly concerned about the rescission of CHIP funding, which could undermine the bipartisan CHIP agreement.