Frelinghuysen: New Jersey State Children's Health Insurance Program to Receive $105 million
Washington, DC - Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today said the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will send $105 million in additional resources to New Jersey's State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to help provide health coverage to uninsured children.
"Since its creation, SCHIP has helped six million more children nationwide have access to the medical care they need to live happy, healthy lives," said Frelinghuysen. "These federal funds will allow New Jersey's SCHIP to ensure no child goes without health insurance."
All states have three years to spend their SCHIP allotment from CMS. Typically, some states have exhausted all their funds while some states have money left over. According to CMS, those remaining funds are redistributed to states that have exhausted their allotments. This year, however, the amount of surplus funds was only $173 million, far short of the $456 million that was needed to keep every state SCHIP program running.
To prevent a loss of coverage for children in New Jersey and 16 other states and territories that have exhausted their SCHIP existing funds, Congress approved additional funds, which were included as part of the Deficit Reduction Act and signed into law on February 8, 2006.
The SCHIP was enacted with bipartisan support in 1997 as a state/federal partnership program. All states administer a SCHIP program, which is intended to provide health coverage to otherwise uninsured children whose families earn too much for traditional Medicaid, but not enough to afford employer-sponsored or private sector policies. Currently, over 6.1 million children nationwide are enrolled in SCHIP.