Right now, there are 9 million kids across America that depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provided by the federal government. Congress has let funding for the program expire back in September, and now states are on the verge of having to shut down the program altogether.
CHIP was created with strong support from both liberals and conservatives over twenty years ago. It has successfully granted millions of children access to free healthcare when their parents don’t make a lot of money, but also make too much to qualify for Medicaid.
“CHIP is probably one of the most successful government programs we've enacted in the last couple of decades." ~ Timothy McBride, a professor of health economics at Washington University in St. Louis
According to Families USA, nearly half the states in the country are going to run out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after January. Congress needs to act by this Friday to keep kids insured, so it’s time to tell them “no more excuses: Kids' health can’t wait.”