Healthcare for thousands of low-income children and pregnant women in Virginia is still up in the air as Congress works to prevent a government shutdown. Tomorrow is the deadline for Congress to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government open.
“And so what advocates are hoping for is that it will include the five-year re-funding of the CHIP program,” said Margaret Nimmo Holland, Executive Director for Voices for Virginia’s Children.
Holland says 68,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women are currently covered through the program in the Commonwealth.
“What we know in Virginia is that we will be out of money at the end of January and kids and pregnant women will lose their health insurance,” Holland said.
There’s talk of temporarily extending the program – but its uncertain whether it’ll be enough to extend coverage into February.