Long-term deal for children's health again eludes Congress
Posted: 6:18 PM, Dec 21, 2017
Alan Fram | Associated Press
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<p>CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 14: University of Chicago medical students host rally to call on Congress to reauthorize funding forthe Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on December 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. On September 30, congress let funding for CHIP expire, leaving states to carry the burden for medical expenses of the 9 million children enrolled in the program. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</p>
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children.
The Christmas season stalemate over the Children’s Health Insurance Program is leaving each party blaming the other. And states are scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling money.
Lawmakers scurrying to leave the Capitol for the holidays are expected to approve a short-term patch that Republicans said would keep state programs operating until late January or early February. Congress approved a similar stopgap solution in September.
Democrats and Republicans want to renew financing for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for several years. But they’ve clashed over how to pay for it.
The effort to provide long-term money will wait until early next year.
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