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Congress takes step to extend children’s healthcare program

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The Hill, By Elise Viebeck

Congress is taking its first step toward extending the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) past next year, when more than 8 million children will lose their health coverage unless lawmakers take action.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced legislation Wednesday that would fund CHIP through 2019. While the program is currently authorized through that year, its budget is set to expire next September.

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