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Florida's CHIP Funding Will Run Out In February

Florida's CHIP Funding Will Run Out In February”

The debate over funding the children's health-insurance program could benefit from a fact or two, not least about political cynicism. Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the state Health and Human Services Commission, said Texas can keep the program afloat thanks to $248 million in funding allocated through a short-term spending bill passed by Congress last month.

The money provides low-priced health insurance to about 375,000 of the state's children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. However, Ohio will run out of funding by the end of February if not re-authorized by Congress.

Last month's temporary budget fix, H.R. 1370, also provided $550 million for community health centers that serve more than 25 million, many in struggling communities - enough to last only through March 31.

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Funding for the program, called CHIP, expired in September but most states had enough money to get through a year ago.

"The time is now for us to renew the CHIP program", said Dr. The program covers more than 9 million children nationwide, 400,000 of whom are in Texas. For Ohio's vulnerable children, that's an upside of sorts, since the program will continue even if CHIP money runs out.

State officials submitted a request with the federal government on November 16 for an extra $90 million to support CHIP in the state until February. Congress must act, in a bipartisan manner, on a clean compromise that assures long-term funding, and it must do so without delay.



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