Alaska lawmakers unite to establish permanent funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program
FAIRBANKS — Permanent funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal program providing health insurance for children in lower income families, ran out in September. Since then, Congress has been struggling to find a fix as the health coverage of nearly 9 million children across the country hangs in the balance.
Through a temporary spending bill in December, Congress funded CHIP through the end of March. When this funding runs out, the issue will need to be addressed again, either in the form of permanent funding or another temporary spending bill.
Alaska’s congressional delegation recently expressed unanimous support for the program and is pushing for a permanent solution.