Millions of children in the United States obtain health coverage through federal programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Recently, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families launched an interactive map showing the impact of these programs locally.
Specifically, the map shows the percentage of children enrolled in either Medicaid or CHIP by congressional district as of 2016, the most recent year such data is available.
Missouri has eight congressional districts. In five of them, more than 30 percent of children are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. In one of them, it is more than 40 percent.
Both federally funded health programs have come under scrutiny as government agencies seek to contain costs, particularly related to Medicaid. Former Gov. Greitens, for example, called for $40 million in cost-containment initiatives in Missouri’s version of the Medicaid program. President Trump in May requested approximately $7 billion in unspent CHIP funds remain unspent to contain costs.