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Children's Health Insurance Program


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: FORMULA GRANTS
Popular Name: (CHIP)
CFDA Number

Objectives: To provide funds to States to enable them to maintain and expand child health assistance to uninsured, low¬ income children, and at a state option, low-income pregnant women and legal immigrants, primarily by three methods: (1) obtain health insurance coverage that meets the requirements in Section 2103 relating to the amount, duration, and scope of benefits; (2) expand eligibility for children under the State's Medicaid program; and (3)reduce the number of children eligible for Medicaid, CHIP and insurance affordability programs under the ACA, who are not enrolled and improve retention of those who are already enrolled.. This solicitation addresses the third objective and seeks applications for the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants Focused on Increasing Enrollment of eligible children, as provided under the Section 2113 of the Social Security Act, amended by section 303of the MACRA. A total of $29,800,000 million is available for grants to eligible entities, including states, local governments, schools, health care providers, community-based, non-profit organizations and Indian tribes or tribal consortiums, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations receiving funds under title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.), Indian Health Service providers; to the extent that a cooperative agreement awarded to such an entity is consistent with the requirements of Section 1955 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x-65) relating to a grant award to nongovernmental entities; and/or elementary or secondary schools. These grants will support outreach strategies aimed at increasing enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), emphasizing activities tailored to communities where eligible children and families reside and enlisting community leaders and programs that serve eligible children and families. They also will fund activities designed to help families understand new application procedures and health coverage opportunities, including Medicaid, CHIP and insurance affordability programs under the ACA. Refer to the funding opportunity announcement (Agency Funding Opportunity Number: CMS-XXX-XX-XXX, Competition ID Number: CMS-XXX-XX-XXX-XXXXXX) for additional information. In addition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will also be announcing a separate FOA exclusively for Indian health care providers and tribal entities under which $3.7 million will be made available for outreach and enrollment cooperative agreements. Indian health care providers and tribal entities are permitted to apply for either or both funding opportunities as long as the work described is different in each proposal.