S.D. children's health insurance funds to run out in March

Thousands of South Dakota children that receive federal health insurance could be cut off next year if Congress doesn't vote to continue funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The date to reauthorize funding for the program, known as CHIP, came and went last month. And while it has bipartisan support in Congress, lawmakers have yet to agree on plans to extend the funding beyond this year.

In South Dakota, more than 16,000 low- and middle-income children and pregnant women rely on the program to obtain health care.

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