Deadline Looming For Children’s Health Insurance Program

Another health care deadline is looming in Congress.

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expires on Sept. 30. The program, which enjoys bipartisan support, provides comprehensive health coverage to nearly 9 million low and middle-income children nationwide.

Some 1.4 million California children are enrolled.

Kelly Hardy, senior managing director of health policy with the Oakland-based nonprofit Children Now, said the federal government gives California about $2.7 billion a year for CHIP.

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