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Sen. Brown looking for extension to CHIP program

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The CHIP program was created in 1997 and is a joint state-federal health insurance program for low to moderate income children and pregnant women who do not qualify for Medicaid. The CHIP program was created in 1997 and is a joint state-federal health insurance program for low to moderate income children and pregnant women who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing Congress for the extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The CHIP program was created in 1997 and is a joint state-federal health insurance program for low to moderate income children and pregnant women who do not qualify for Medicaid.  That program will run out of funding by the end of the year, and Senator Brown says that if Congress doesn't act, more than 9 million children nationwide will find themselves without that help from the CHIP program.

"In the next few weeks, there will be a letter that goes out from state and federal governments to the families of the 200,000 Ohio children saying, sorry, your insurance is expired; for a bunch of members of Congress who have insurance paid for by taxpayers, to let that happen, it’s just morally outrageous," said Sen. Brown.

A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Brown for the CHIP program passed the Senate Finance Committee but has not been voted on by Congress yet.

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