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The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, provides low-cost health coverage for around 20,000 kids in Utah each year. Senator Orrin Hatch helped create it in 1997 with Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy. It covers children in families that make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but who can’t afford private health insurance. This past September, federal funding for CHIP expired and Congress still hasn’t reauthorized it. KUER's Erik Neumann recently spoke with Lincoln Nehring, the CEO of Voices for Utah Children, to find out what’s at stake. 

A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would restrict legal immigrant children from accessing health care through Medicaid and CHIP.


Congress left town for Christmas vacation after approving just enough money to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP through March. That's left left many parents in Utah who depend on the program, like Sonja Reynolds. worried about what might be next.

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In Utah approximately 19,500 kids are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP. It provides coverage for uninsured kids in low-to-middle-income households. But so far, the reauthorization of that program has stalled in Congress. 

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Funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired last week. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch helped create the program for low-income children in the 1990s.

Utah has been awarded 5.4 million dollars from the federal government for its efforts to get more children covered by health insurance. The performance bonus comes from the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. For the second year in a row, Utah is one of 23 states to receive it. But some advocacy groups say there are still too many uninsured Utah children.