Colorado “CHIP” Funding Spared

Denver—Instead of a letter informing 75,000 kids and pregnant women in Colorado that their health coverage was coming to an end, state lawmakers came through with emergency funds.  The legislature’s Joint Budget Committee unanimously approved spending 9.6 million dollars of state funds to extend “CHIP”, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, possibly through the month of March.  State officials however say the money could run out in early February.  Due to Congress failing to come up with long-term funds before the holiday break, the JBC was called back to the capitol by Governor John Hickenlooper to come up with a back up plan.