Kids’ health program on the brink
Congress isn’t expected to renew funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program until at least January, Axios.com reported this week, leaving many state programs in imminent danger of running out of money. Funding for the joint state-federal program, which provides health insurance for 9 million low-income children, expired at the end of September. Some states, including Virginia and Colorado, have warned families that their children’s coverage will end by Jan. 31 if Congress doesn’t renew funding, and Connecticut and Utah are expected to send similar notifications this month. Congress included temporary measures to keep CHIP running for the rest of the year in its most recent stopgap spending bill, but lawmakers have yet to fund the program for 2018.