Health Policy and Politics



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Use this document to complete the Module 1 Assessment Agenda Comparison Grid and Fact Sheets/Talking Points Brief .

Healthcare Issue

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a partnership between the federal and state governments that provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid.

Administration (President Name)

George Bush

Barrack Obama

Donald Trump

Describe the administrative agenda focus related to this issue

During the George Bush administration the president vetoed the children health care program not once but twice to expand federal funds for this program.

Federal funding was extended through 2017 for the CHIP program.

Trump administration plans to cut unspent funds from years past and will cut 15 million of the 1.3 trillion dollar budget for the program.

Allocation of financial and other resources to this issue


funded jointly by the federal government and states through a formula based on the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) .

Notes on Administration’s approach to the issue


General Notes/Comments

Without the funds to provide all children healthcare of low to moderate income families, this will cause a huge impact to those who are privately insured by increasing their co-pays and overall out of pocket cost.

Which administrative agency would most likely be responsible for helping you address the healthcare issue you selected?

U.S Department of Health and Human Services’. States Medicaid Program. U.S Department of Commerce.

How does the healthcare issue get on the agenda and how does it stay there?

These sorts of topics for discussion are brought to light by government officials and cabinet members in government that are highly influential. They must continue to lobby the issue and influence others to fight for the healthcare issue in question.

Who was the entrepreneur/champion/sponsor of the healthcare issue you selected?

Bipartisan support: Lawmakers from both parties have recognized that investing in children’s health is an investment in the country’s future (Oberlander et al, 2015).


 Jonathan Oberlander, et al., “The Children’s Cliff—Extending CHIP,” New England Journal of Medicine (2015): 372: 1979-1981,

Children with health insurance are more likely to have a regular source of care, which is associated with better health outcomes. See National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Health Insurance is a Family Matter (Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2002).

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