Healthcare for 200,000 Ohio children waits for funding, caught in political web

Federal funding for a program that provides health insurance coverage to roughly 200,000 children in Ohio and 9 million across the U.S. expired more than a month ago, and Congress still hasn’t enacted legislation to restore funding.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has historically enjoyed bipartisan support but has been entangled in a political debate over how to fund the program since Sept. 30.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday reauthorizing funding for CHIP for five years. The money for CHIP would come from cutting dollars from a preventive care fund established as part of the Affordable Care Act; increasing Medicare costs for higher-income seniors, and cutting the grace period for those who don’t pay their premiums for ACA exchange plans.

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