CHIPRA provides more funds to help states pay for language services

States and healthcare providers looking for financial assistance to cover language services can primarily turn to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for federal funding. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) provides additional federal funding to Medicaid and CHIP for state expenses related to interpretation or translation services. These services are specifically intended to aid non-English speakers in enrolling, retaining, and utilizing services provided by these programs. In addition, CHIPRA has authorized grants from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to eligible entities, along with a National Enrollment Campaign aimed at enhancing the enrollment of underserved child populations in Medicaid and CHIP, including individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and communities facing cultural and linguistic barriers to enrollment.

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