Children's Health Advocate: CHIP Funding Should be 'Non-Negotiable'

SEATTLE – A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. 

CHIP is one of the main funding streams, along with Medicaid and state funding, for Washington state's insurance program Apple Health for Kids, which covers about half of the state's children. According to the Hospital Corporation of America, about 58,000 kids on Apple Health receive some percent of CHIP funding. 

Litonya Lester, the health policy director of the Children's Alliance, says that funding helps kids with chronic health-care needs, but also routine check-ups.

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