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Children's Health Insurance Program Put on Congressional Calendar -- After It Expires


Kaiser Family Foundation said CHIP provided health insurance to 9 million children across the U.S.

The program covers almost nine million children across the country, which costs taxpayers almost 14 billion dollars every year.

Many families who are served at the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County Inc. receive assistance through the Children's Health Insurance Program. The House will take up a CHIP bill on October 4, according to a second article from the publication, but details are scant as to what it entails.

Details of the House legislation have yet to be released, and the length of the extension or any potential offsets won't be known until early next week, a committee aide said.

While CHIP does enjoy bipartisan support, congressional Republicans' laser-focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act this year has left reauthorization tumble down the legislation calendar, now after its slated termination.

Congressman French Hill says Congress overwhelmingly reauthorized CHIP two years ago and expects the same to happen again.

The state budget assumes federal funding for CHIP will continue. The Hill reported, however, that Minnesota could exhaust its funding immediately.

Advocacy groups have said it would be much easier if the House just takes up the Senate's stand-alone proposal, because there's always a temptation to weigh down CHIP with extraneous provisions.

Three states and Washington, DC also informed their delegations that they could see CHIP funding dry up before the year's end.

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