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While CHIP does enjoy bipartisan support, congressional Republicans' laser-focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act this year has left reauthorization tumble down the legislation calendar, now after its slated termination.

If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will reach schools across the country, with numerous children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits during illnesses, and other services.

The commission showed that only about 5 percent of the funding comes from the state, the rest is provided at the federal level.

"Historically, when it's been threatened ... they have been able to work out a solution", Phinney said. "Insurers will be in the position in December of being pretty darn nervous".

If not for CHIP, those families would have faced bills of more than $850 per year per child in employer-sponsored insurance, the report said.

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Congress has a Saturday deadline to renew a federal program that funds community health clinics. "PEPLT007788-topic.html" class="local_link" >Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who co-sponsored a Senate bill introduced in mid-September to extend the program, said he was "deeply disappointed" it wasn't renewed yet. "We're very hopeful that Congress will act this month so that there's no risk to youngsters and their families". By providing an anchor within the health care system, CHIP coverage gives children and families access to vital preventive services and helps protect families' economic security.

And though the program's situation isn't yet dire - and won't be until the states begin to run out of money - some states are starting to get nervous about paying for the program. Unfortunately, the program, which is funded by both the federal and state governments, is set to lose all federal funding if it is not reauthorized by October 1, 2017.

A statement from Gov. Brian Sandoval's office said the federal government pays almost the entire annual $43 million cost of the program in Nevada.

The Senate hasn't scheduled any hearings or votes on their own reauthorization package. "However if Congress does not quickly reauthorize CHIP, states like Nevada will need to either send notices of termination to program beneficiaries or develop alternative funding", it said.

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