CHIP funding critical for one local family

It was the sort of nightmare every family fears.

Martha Velazquez of Beaverton was making somewhere around $1,700 per month doing janitorial work. It was enough for rent and food, but when her son Diego started showing signs of hearing impairment, she faced potentially astronomic medical bills.

Fortunately, the family qualified for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which has made it possible for the family to get the diagnosis and treatment needed for Diego, now in second grade at William Walker Elementary School.

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