TIME, BUT LATER CAPTURED AT A MOTEL A CRUCIAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM TO CARE FOR 9 MILLION LOW INCOME CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY

THIS IS A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY THAT WE ARE PLAYING POLITICS WITH CHILDREN’S HEALTH CONGRESS MISSED THE DEADLINE TO EXTEND FUNDING FOR THE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM, OR CHIP BACK IN SEPTEMBER, IF LAWMAKERS DON’T ACT SOON, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HERE IN CALIFORNIA WILL LOSE COVERAGE NEW TONIGHT, JOINS US LIVE AT THE STATE CAPITAL WITH MORE ON THIS LOOMING DEADLINE THAT DEADLINE TO RENEW THE FUNDING HAS ALREADY PASSED, BUT BY THE END OF DECEMBER, MANY STATES, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA, WILL RUN OUT OF MONEY FOR THIS PROGRAM

COLORADO OFFICIALS TODAY SENT OUT LETTERS TO FAMILIES WARNING THEM THAT THEY MIGHT LOSE COVERAGE WHILE CALIFORNIA HASN’T DONE THAT, CONCERNS ARE HIGH I SEE SO MANY CHILDREN WHO RELY ON THIS PROGRAM DR RICHARD HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE CHIP PROGRAM SINCE ITS INCEPTION TABOO DECADES AGO, ASK AS A PEDIATRICIAN KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT THIS PROGRAM IS FOR WORKING CLASS FAMILIES

THESE ARE FAMILIES THAT ARE WORKING, THAT OFTEN DON’T GET HEALTHCARE COVERAGE FOR THEIR KIDS THE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM COVERS 13 MILLION KIDS IN CALIFORNIA MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE 9MILLION NATIONWIDE, AND MORE THAN 350,000 PREGNANT WOMEN WHO GET PRENATAL CARE

THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN LOWERING THE PERCENTAGE IF IT’S NOT FUNDED IT MANES A KID WITHOUT INSURANCE WOULD GO TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE WITH A SORE THROAT AND GET AN ANTIBIOTIC WILL END UP IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM DESPITE ITS POPULARITY ON CAPITOL HILL, CHILDREN’S HEALTH ADVOCATE SAYS POLITICAL DYSFUNCTION IN WASHINGTON HAS STALLED THE FUNDING BILL AS CONGRESS IS FOCUSED ON THE NEW TAX BILL AND OTHER PRIORITIES IT’S JUST NOT AS IMPORTANT AS ALL THE OTHER THINGS THEY WANT TO GET DONE BEFORE THEY GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

THE IF CHIP IS NOT REAUTHORIZED, THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE WOULD NEED TO DELIBERATE ON HOW BEST TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING IF CHIP GOES AWAY THAT WILL BLOW A BILLION DOLLAR HOLE IN OUR STATE BUDGET AND THAT’S THE BIG QUESTION

STATE OFFICIALS SAY IF THIS IS NOT FUNDED, 98% OF THESE KIDS THROUGH MEDICAID, BUT WHERE IS THAT MONEY COMING FROM?