Check children's health insurance funding off the worry list | Editorial

At least one good thing came out of the short-lived government shutdown: The spending agreement approved by Congress Monday (Jan. 22) extends the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.

CHIP, as it is known, lapsed in September when Congress failed to reauthorize it. States had money to keep the program going temporarily, but they were about to run out.

recent study found that Louisiana and 10 other states were going to use up their federal funding for CHIP before the end of February. Eleven more were expected to run out of money  shortly after that, according to the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

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