Deadline nears for child health insurance program

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Deadline nears for child health insurance program

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Congress returns to session on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Evan Golub/Zuma Press/TNS)

A health insurance program that serves low and middle income children in Ohio needs to be renewed by Congress by the end of September to continue.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covered 9 million children, needs to be reauthorized by Sept. 30 in order to continue helping children from families who make too much for Medicaid but still need assistance paying for health care. About 181,000 Ohio children were enrolled in the program as of fiscal year 2015.

The program, which will need a projected $17.4 billion to operate in the coming fiscal year, is typically not controversial and gets bipartisan support to renew.

Ohio would likely run out of funding to run the program by March if it is new renewed, according to a report to Congress.

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