Congress leaves low-income children without insurance
Bah, humbug. The Christmas gift that so many families were hoping to get from Congress didn’t come this year. For the first time since its creation in 1997, Congress did not authorize long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2017. CHIP covers about 9 million children and 320,000 pregnant women in the US, mostly in the low-to-moderate income level. On December 21, Congress provided funding to sustain CHIP through March, but several states are close to shutting down the program if more funding isn’t authorized before the end of January. Unfortunately, this is just the latest example of our health care system failing children.
SOURCE: Tami Luhby, CNN