BODIES WERE FOUND TONIGHT – THE FUTURE OF A PROGRAM THAT HELPS FAMILIES PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN IS IN JEOPARDY

THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS COVERAGE WILL END NEXT YEAR IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT SOON TO PAY FOR THE MEASURE CBS 42 NEWS REPORTER MICHAEL CLARK IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM TONIGHT WITH ONE FAMILY'S PLEA TO KEEP THE PROGRAM – MICHAEL? A JEFFERSON COUNTY MOTHER SAYS HER 10-YEAR-OLD HAS DIABETES SHE HAS PRIVATE INSURANCE OPTIONS – BUT THE ALL KIDS PROGRAM PROVIDES A MORE AFFORDABLE OPTION IN GIVING HER CHILD A NORMAL LIFE <"(nats) IT'S A LIFELINE (nats) LITERALLY ATTACHED TO 10- YEAR-OLD ETHAN POSEY'S HIP "This is not like something we can change with diet and exercise, this is not something that he asked for

" ETHAN HAS TYPE 1 DIABETES – AND UNTIL HIS MOTHER DESTINY ENROLLED HIM IN ALL KIDS – HE RELIED ON SEVERAL SHOTS AND PRICKS ALL KIDS HELPS AN ESTIMATED 80 THOUSAND CHILDREN IN ALABAMA "Any time he goes out to play with his friends, he would have to come in every 30 minutes or so and check his blood sugar" (nats) NOW HIS FAMILY HAS NEW TOOLS TO REPORT BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS TO CELL PHONES – AND A PUMP THAT PUMPS AUTOMATICALLY PUMPS INSULIN BASED ON WHAT ETHAN IS GOING TO EAT "We can just put in how many grams of carbs he's going to have and what his blood sugar is" DESTINY POSEY AND HER HUSBAND BOTH WORK

SHE HAS PRIVATE INSURANCE – BUT CO-PAYS FOR HER SON'S TREATMENT ADD UP – AND SOME OF ETHAN'S NEW TOOLS THAT HELP WITH INDEPENDENCE AREN'T COVERED "It's been able to help me be energized and feel like a normal person" ETHAN'S MOM WORRIES THAT NORMALCY WILL BE GONE IF THE ALL KIDS PROGRAM ENDS IN FEBRUARY – THE STATE WARNS THAT COULD HAPPEN IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT SOON TO FUND THE PROGRAM CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE THINKS THAT'S ON THE HORIZON "When we pass our funding bill next week there will be a further authorization for a chip program in that bill" UNTIL THEN, ETHAN'S FAMILY WILL BE BUSY MAKING PHONE CALLS – URGING LAWMAKERS TO FIND A WAY TO KEEP FUNDING THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM "Let's get this passed and figured out because there's kids lives on the line" ALABAMA CONGRESSWOMAN TERRI SEWELL TWEETED HER RESPONSE

SHE SAYS: WE NEED TO REAUTHORIZE CHIP NOW NOT BY SLASHING OTHER HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS, NOT AT THE END OF THE WEEK, AND NOT NEXT MONTH THIS ISN'T ABOUT POLITICS, IT'S ABOUT CHILDREN'S ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE PROGRESS IN THE NEWSROOM, MICHAEL CLARK CBS 42 NEWS LOCAL COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT

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