Bipartisan support for CHIP extension not resulting in quick solution


An insurance program meant to cover low-income kids is nearly out of money.
Washington can easily reauthorize new money for the program, and many legislators on both sides of the aisle want to. However, another week wraps up, and once again, Congress has not closed a deal on new funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Joan Alker, the Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University, said, “If Congress does nothing at all before they leave for the holidays, I think there’s a good chance in January we will see some states starting to move to close down their programs.” CHIP helps insure about nine million kids who aren’t eligible for Medicaid, and whose parents can’t afford private insurance.

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