Congress appears unlikely this week to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which has become a crucial element in broader negotiations over how to fund the government. If no decision comes by Friday, then lawmakers are likely to take up the issue in early January — but with each delay, the pressure grows on families to find their own solutions. …. Nine million children use CHIP to help lower their medical costs.
Funding for the CHIP program is running dry as lawmakers figure out how to fund the government.