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Friday, January 4, 2013

P.L. 111-3: The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

Evelyne P. Baumrucker
Analyst in Health Care Financing

Elicia J. Herz
Specialist in Health Care Financing

Jane G. Gravelle
Senior Specialist in Economic Policy

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (H.R. 2, CHIPRA) was first passed in the House on January 14, 2009, and an amended version was passed in the Senate on January 29, 2009. On February 4, 2009, the House passed H.R. 2 as amended by the Senate and later that day President Obama signed the bill into law as P.L. 111-3. One of the provisions of CHIPRA permits using CHIP as the program’s acronym, instead of SCHIP. This report reflects this change, using CHIP instead of SCHIP.

The overall structure of CHIPRA is similar to its two predecessors, H.R. 976 and H.R. 3963 from the 110
th Congress. This report summarizes changes to prior law made by CHIPRA, and provides a brief legislative history of the major State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) reauthorization bills in the 110th and 111th Congresses.

This report reflects the provisions at the time of CHIPRA’s enactment. It is meant to serve as a historical reference to the complete set of provisions included in the law, as of February 4, 2009. It will not be updated to capture subsequent legislative changes, program guidance, public notices, or rulemaking. There were no major legislative changes to the CHIP program enacted during the 112
th Congress. (For information on changes to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended], see CRS Report R41210, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Provisions in ACA: Summary and Timeline.)

Date of Report: December 20, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
Order Number: R40226
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