CHIP Program Might Shutdown

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


A program that provides health insurance to more than Nine million children could be in trouble. Lawmakers in Congress missed a September 30th deadline to reauthorize the CHIP program that covers routine care, including checkups, vaccinations, prescriptions and hospital care for as many as 83 thousand children in Alabama. The Children’s Health Insurance Program is for children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but still struggle to afford coverage. The program costs taxpayers about 14 billion dollars a year. Alabama officials say they have enough money to run the program through March if funding is not restored.


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