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CHIP worked. It's not too late for Congress to bring it back.

CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, is one of the best examples of a successful federal- and state-funded program that offers states flexibility and innovation, encourages personal responsibility and delivers significant medical and fiscal outcomes.

Yet Congress has missed the deadline to reauthorize CHIP, putting nearly 400,000 Texas children and pregnant women — and 9 million Americans overall — at risk.

CHIP has been highly successful in doing what it was created to do: cover children with access to care resulting in better health outcomes at lower costs. CHIP was born out of bipartisan legislation in 1997, when 25 percent of American children did not have health insurance; as of 2015, only 5 percent of American children remain uncovered.

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