The Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, was the hallmark legislation of Republican leader Orrin Hatch and it has enjoyed bi-partisan support since it was initiated in 1997; that is until our current Congress let it lapse on September 30th.
CHIP subsidizes wellness exams, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions and other health care costs for children in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford other forms of insurance. Nine million children in the United States are enrolled in the program, but they have begun to receive letters telling them there is no funding.
Sixteen states will run out of federal funding for CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program -- by the end of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-quarters of all states expect to exhaust funds by the end of March unless Congress can agree to fund it.