As Shutdown Continues, Children's Health Insurance Hangs in the Balance

Unable to strike a budget deal, the federal government shut down on Saturday, causing the most uncertainty to date for providers and patients in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which Congress let expire more than 100 days ago.

Congress has continually released unspent funds in the last few months to help states keep CHIP running, but this is the first time there could be a significant lapse in what has historically been a bipartisan program.

Senators are expected to hold a procedural vote on a short-term spending bill on Monday at noon, but its details have not been released. It's unclear what -- if any -- funding the bill includes for children's health insurance.

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