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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.

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