Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that some states could run out of CHIP funding as soon as this month without further action from Congress. It is expected that Arizona will have money to keep Arizona’s version of CHIP (KidsCare) open into the spring due to the temporary funding fix applied by Governor Ducey. A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimated that it would cost the federal government less to reauthorize CHIP funding than previously thought, reducing the five-year offset needed from $8.3 billion to just $800 million.
As we reported last month, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) has submitted an updated AHCCCS Works Waiver to CMS. The federal comment period is now open and will close February 5th. Click here to submit comments.