- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A stopgap spending bill passed by Congress to prevent a government shutdown makes money available to states that are running out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a concern of the New Hampshire and Vermont governors.

The program provides medical care to more than eight million children.

In a letter sent last month to congressional leaders, Republican Govs. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Phil Scott of Vermont say without reauthorization of the funds, the states will face significant budgetary pressures.

They say both states have used CHIP funds to expand Medicaid coverage for children. CHIP has allowed Vermont to achieve near universal coverage of children. New Hampshire’s program covers nearly every eligible child under age 19.

They ask for a five-year authorization bill for CHIP, Community Health Centers, National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Center program.

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