States say short-term funding not enough for children’s health

State governments are warning that the short-term funding for a critical children’s health program approved by Congress on Thursday may be too little and too late.

Warning letters in at least three states have already been sent to families saying they could lose coverage for their children come Jan. 31 without new funding from Congress. Even if the new funding keeps their programs afloat, it sends a negative message to enrollees and that could cause long-term implications, experts say. 

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