The Na­tional Gov­er­nors As­so­ci­a­tion asked Congress to con­tinue cur­rent lev­els of fed­eral fund­ing for the Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram for at least another five years.

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If Congress doesn’t ex­tend fund­ing for the pro­gram by Sept. 30, states would start run­ning out of fed­eral funds the very next month, ac­cord­ing to the Med­i­caid and CHIP Pay­ment and Ac­cess Com­mis­sion. Ac­cord­ing to Ge­orge­town’s Cen­ter for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, 8.9 mil­lion kids are cov­ered by the pro­gram. The Sen­ate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee post­poned a planned hear­ing on CHIP reau­tho­riza­tion, re­port­edly at the re­quest of com­mit­tee Democrats who didn’t want work on the House GOP’s Amer­i­can Health Care Act to over­shadow ef­forts to ex­tend the chil­dren’s pro­gram.

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