Congress approves funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program until the end of March
A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program hasn’t done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. More than a hundred thousand low-income children in Indiana rely on CHIP to stay healthy. Litonya Lester with Children’s Alliance says that funding helps kids with chronic health-care needs, but also routine check-ups. Congress approved of funding for CHIP until the end of March. The program mainly helps low-income and working-class families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. About five percent of Indiana’s children are uninsured but advocates expect that number to go up dramatically if CHIP isn’t funded.
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