Focus at Four: Children's Health Insurance Program funding in limbo

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The children's health insurance program remains in limbo as Congress considers its funding.

The program covers millions of kids nationwide who don't qualify for medicaid, and don't have private or employer coverage.

September 30th was the deadline to extend the program before funding begins to dry up.

Lynn Yeager from the BCS Prenatal Clinic joined us on First News at Four to talk about how kids and mothers in the Brazos Valley could be affected if Congress continues to stall on funding for CHIP.

Our media partners at the Texas Tribune are reporting insurance for nearly 400,000 Texans is at risk if Congress doesn't renew CHIP.

"When you add 36,000 pregnant women who are on the CHIP Perinatal program, you've just added thousands and thousands more unborn children to the 400,000 to that number and that is just in Texas," Yeager said.

Without federal funding, Texas reportedly has enough money for CHIP until next February.

As of now there is no CHIP extension vote on the schedule, though lawmakers are confident it will happen soon.

Click on the video link above to watch our interview in its entirety.