The Keeping Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act will continue to provide funding for CHIP. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Four days after federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired, the Senate Finance Committee has passed a bill to reauthorize funding for five more years. Without reauthorization, nearly 9 million children as well as pregnant women who rely on the insurance program would have lost access to care as states braced for the funding cuts.

“It is paramount that we act quickly both here in committee and through the next steps in the process to ensure eligible children do not go uninsured once federal funding is exhausted,” says Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

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