Feds assure Texas $135M in CHIP funding

FILE - Doctor's office (KXAN Photo)
FILE - Doctor's office (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The state of Texas will not be shutting down its Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, this month after learning the state will receive supplemental funding to keep the program running.

Nearly 450,000 children receive health insurance through CHIP in Texas. The federal legislation that provides states’ funding for the program, which helps children whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, expired on Sept. 30.

Texas officials had enough money to continue the program through December without requiring additional action or ending the program.

As that deadline neared, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services learned from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that Texas would be receiving $135,848,929 in supplemental funding or enough money to keep the program running through February 2018.

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