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For some kids in Colorado, CHIP funding could be life or death

Ari Richter grabs the finger-stick glucose monitor from his mother’s hand, insisting that he can do it himself. The 4-year-old presses the point against his chubby index finger until it pricks the skin to release a droplet of blood.

Testing his glucose is one of the few moments of control Ari feels in his daily battle with type 1 diabetes, a disease so severe that he’d once been helicoptered to the hospital to save his life.

A letter that came last week from the state of Colorado warned that Ari’s insurance program, called the Children’s Health Insurance Program, could end. It felt like yet another uncontrollable, cruel turn in the Richter family’s never-ending fight to keep their boy healthy.


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