Ironically, the same federal government that failed to renew CHIP funding by its Sept. 30 deadline also caused the Texas fund to take an extra hit when Harvey hit. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As Congress jousts over the funding of a major insurance gap program for children, millions of them may soon lose insurance coverage. Funds are dwindling for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and nowhere are children in as much jeopardy as in Texas. 

CHIP has become an accepted tool for ensuring that children have at least minimal health coverage. But the federal program is the latest sparring ground between the Congressional parties. If funding isn’t approved in the next month or so, existing coverage dollars will be drained. The situation is particularly dire in Texas, where claims against the fund jumped due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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