- Associated Press - Sunday, October 8, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire appears to be in a better position than other states to weather a lapse in federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

New Hampshire officials say they planned for a possible disruption in funding when crafting the current state budget. DHHS spokesman Jake Leon said that the budgeted extra money anticipating a 50/50 match, rather than the program’s enhanced matching funds.

Federal funding for the program expired last week.

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and Sen. Maggie Hassan said New Hampshire is in good shape but that kids are being forced off the program in other states.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program covers nearly nine million low-income children. That figure includes nearly 14,000 children in New Hampshire.

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