Congress could leave millions of children without health care

While Republican leaders in Congress and the White House figure out their next moves on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, it is important to not lose sight of another major program that faces a funding deadline: Sept. 30 is when funds run out on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

If Congress fails to act by this date, funds that flow from the federal government to the states will eventually dry up, as soon as early 2018, leaving millions of children without health coverage.

While not as well-known as Medicare or Medicaid, CHIP has been vital for providing health coverage for children in families that make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford health insurance. It is every bit as important as the other two programs in forming a safety net that protects people and families.

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