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Children's Health Insurance Program could run out of funding in Missouri

Federal funds for the state Children's Health Insurance Program will only be provided to states through the 2017 fiscal year unless funding is extended. (MGN Online)

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could run out of funding in Missouri.

CHIP was signed into law in 1997 and provides healthcare coverage to children whose family's income is too high to qualify for traditional medicare, but too low to afford commercial coverage.

Federal funds for CHIP will only be provided to states through the 2017 fiscal year unless funding is extended. The state of Missouri is expected to run out of funding in March 2018.

According to the Missouri Department of Social Services, almost 84,000 children were enrolled in CHIP. The Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program estimated that without CHIP, 1.1 million children will become uninsured.

To learn about qualifications for CHIP, visit the Missouri Department of Social Services webpage.






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