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House Votes to Increase Funding for Children's Health Insurance

The House has voted to increase the amount of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program by $35 billion dollars, which would help cover more children in the United States. There is, however, one major hurdle: A presidential veto. CHIP is a state-federal program that provides coverage for 6.6 million children from families that live above the poverty level but have trouble affording private health insurance.

The President has expressed his opposition to the drastic increase in funds, and the increase to the tobacco tax that would go along with it. Here in Amarillo, health care officials say a pre-natal care program could feel the pinch, if the President does not approve the new funding.

"Without the expansion the new programs like the CHIP Perinatal might be one of the ones that would see some kind of a decrease because the funds would not be available for a new program, they're going to be the first ones to go," said Dorinda Bates, Program Director.

Texas recently expanded the CHIP program to include people who have more assets, and will do away with a 90 day waiting period for most children. Parents are still being urged to apply for the program despite the looming threat of a veto.

If you want to apply for CHIP go to or contact the Coalition of Health Services at 806-337-1700. 

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