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Connecticut plans to shutter its health-care program for low- and middle-income children Jan. 31 unless Congress provides new federal funding.

Congress let the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) lapse on Sept. 30, to the frustration of state officials and advocates. The program provides insurance to nearly 9 million children nationwide.

States, including Connecticut, have been getting by with leftover funding from the federal government. But, according to a notice on Connecticut’s website, its extra funding is expected to run dry by Jan. 31.

The notice details the ways Connecticut will help children get health insurance, such as through the state’s ObamaCare exchange or examining if they qualify for Medicaid, while encouraging parents to schedule preventive care visits and other medical appointments and refill medications before Jan. 31.

Funding CHIP is traditionally a bipartisan affair, and governors and children’s advocates have continually pressed lawmakers to reauthorize the program. Democrats and Republicans haven’t yet found a bipartisan way to pay for the program.

Connecticut to end children’s health program unless it gets money from Congress

Congress let the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) lapse on Sept. 30.


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