Anxieties Rise As CHIP Funding Deadline Expires
At the end of September, Congress allowed the deadline for refunding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire. Nearly 9 million children rely on CHIP for everything from annual checkups and vaccinations, to serious illnesses and the services and medications that go with treating these conditions.
It should be a slam dunk in Congress: Helping kids. But CHIP still doesn’t have a funding plan, and the program is running on fumes.
Myra Gregory is a mother of three boys in St. Louis who are all on CHIP. Her oldest son, Roland, is 11 years old and is living with stage four lung cancer. She says the uncertainty over whether CHIP will be refunded is adding stress to an already difficult situation in her family.