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The Children’s Health Insurance Program is Dying. What Happens Next? Advocacy groups are quietly planning for a post-CHIP world.


National Journal

By Dylan Scott

When Congress this April passed a two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program—rather than the four years that some Democrats and outside groups were seeking—the folks at First Focus Campaign for Children knew they needed to start planning for 2017.

For a while, the open secret around Washington has been that CHIP might not be around for much longer. Republicans have always been somewhat ambivalent about the program, created in 1997. But Democrats, too, particularly with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, have sounded open to eventually moving on from it…

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