Connecticut to end children's health program unless it gets money from Congress

Connecticut plans to shutter its health care program for low-and-middle income children Jan. 31 unless Congress provides new federal funding.

Congress let the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) lapse on Sept. 30, to the frustration of state officials and advocates. The program provides insurance to nearly 9 million children nationwide.

States have been getting by with leftover funding from the federal government, and so has Connecticut. But, according to a notice on the state’s website, its extra funding is expected to run dry by Jan. 31.

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