Congress' inaction could mean CHIP funding expires by January

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania could dry up as soon as January if Congress does not reauthorize spending for it.

Lawmakers missed the Sept. 30 deadline to fund the program, better known as CHIP, for children in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford insurance.

CHIP has widespread, bipartisan support, and this funding step is routine enough that lawmakers could handle it in an afternoon, said Sen. Bob Casey during a roundtable talk Wednesday in a Moses Taylor Hospital board room.

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