U.S. government shutdown a possibility if Congress can’t compromise on contentious issues

Jan 2, 2018
Congress has to pass legislation to fund the government by Jan. 19. Otherwise, there will be a partial government shutdown.  And some policy analysts believe there’s a good chance a partial shutdown is coming.  That’s because Democrats and Republicans are far apart on issues like immigration, and the ratio of defense and non-defense spending. They […]

Shaky CHIP funding puts kids' well-being on the line in Alabama

Dec 22, 2017
Temporary stopgap funding for CHIP was passed, but children's access to health care is still at risk.
“If we don't take care of our children then we're going to have sicker adults," says pediatrician Marsha Raulerson.
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Nearly 2 million children could lose health insurance if the CHIP program is not approved

Dec 21, 2017
If the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, doesn’t get reauthorized by Congress, almost 2 million children across 24 states are at risk of losing their health insurance, according to a new study from Georgetown University. With just days to go before the winter break, the stakes are high. What will happen if the […]

States warning families they may lose CHIP medical coverage

Dec 1, 2017
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program ran out at the end of September, meaning millions of kids and pregnant women won’t have coverage in the new year. There are bills in Congress that would fund the program, but nobody can agree where to get to money to do it. The $15 billion program funnels […]

States scramble to continue funding federal health program for low-income kids and pregnant women

Nov 27, 2017
States get creative as they await Congress to reauthorize funding for CHIP which ran out in September.

The CHIP funding cliff could cost thousands of kids their health insurance

Oct 6, 2017
CHIP helped insure 9 million children, and its funding expired last month. What happens next depends on where you live.
University of Miami Pediatrician, Dr. Gwen Wurm, does a checkup on Christina Brownlee, 5, at the University of Miami Pediatric clinic October 3, 2007 in Miami, Florida.
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