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nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
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Active Year: 2012
Originally implemented in 1997, the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was reauthorized in 2009 and funded through FY 2013. CHIP, jointly funded by federal and state governments, helps states provide health insurance coverage for uninsured children. During the recent economic downturn, even as the percentage of 18 to 64-year-olds with health insurance dipped below 80, the coverage rate for children held steady at just over 90 percent.
Health insurance coverage status by percent insured and percent uninsured. Data are available at the state level and go back to 2009.