Amid CHIP questions, Missouri officials expect funds to last until June

At a time when some states say they will soon run out of funding for a popular children’s insurance program, Missouri says its funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is expected to last until June.

A director within the state agency that oversees the state’s Medicaid program told health advocates and experts in a recent meeting that she expected the funding to last for several more months, according to two individuals who attended a Dec. 12 meeting.

However, a separate report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families said Missouri and 20 other states were at risk of a funding shortfall in February.

That means nearly 1.7 million American children are at risk of losing coverage in February, according to the report, including about 90,000 in Missouri who rely on CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

When asked about the potential funding issue, the department said, “CHIP ending is not an imminent issue for Missouri,” according to an email from Rebecca Woelfel, spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program.

Officials with the Department of Social Services, the agency that oversees the Medicaid and CHIP program, did not respond to questions about the discrepancy between its projections and the report.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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