Medicaid and CHIP

Medicaid provides medical care for certain poor and low-income people, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides coverage mostly for children in low-income families that do not qualify for Medicaid. CBO’s work on Medicaid and CHIP includes projections of federal spending for the programs (including the effects of the Affordable Care Act), cost estimates for legislative proposals, and analyses of specific aspects of the programs and options for changing them.