Funding at Risk for Children's Health Insurance Program

23 min
at 9:00 AM
An uninsured woman takes her children in for a medical check-up at a low-cost clinic run by the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics on July 28, 2009 in Aurora, Colorado.  (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Congress appears set to disband for the holidays having renewed funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program only until March 31. The program, often called CHIP, insures more than 9 million children and pregnant women nationally, roughly 2 million of whom live in California. Forum discusses what a loss of funding would mean for Californians who depend on CHIP to pay for doctor's visits, vaccinations, prescription drugs and basic medical care.

Guests:

Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Michael Odeh, health policy director, Children Now

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