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Congress has yet to approve health care funding for low-income children through CHIP program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of Indiana children from lower-income families could lose access to affordable health care.

Congress has yet to approve funding for CHIP, or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

In Indiana, that program is called "Hoosier Healthwise." It covers those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford individual insurance.

Congress approved $2.85 billion for the program before Christmas, hoping it would last though March. But officials say some states could start running out of money as early as next week.

"Think how important vaccinations are for children," said Heidi Hancher-Rauch, associate professor of Public Health and Kinesiology at the University of Indianapolis. "That's covered by CHIP. You think about their dental care, you think about their vision. Anytime a child gets sick and needs to go to the doctor."

If Congress doesn't renew CHIP funding, states would have to pay for the program.

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