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Health care fallout: Fate of 8M low-income children in limbo

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The collateral damage from Congress' struggle to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law could include a program that covers more than 8 million low-income children.

The Children's Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, provides low-cost coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.

But it has become caught up in a political stalemate over how to fund it. Congress failed to reauthorize the program before it expired in September, and legislation to fix the problem remains stalled.

Fresh federal money for CHIP dried up Oct. 1. Several states are expected to deplete their remaining funds for the program by late December or late January.

The uncertainty has left states scrambling - and it's causing worries for families that depend on the program.

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