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CHIP is finally funded, but at a price

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Congress has, after more than 100 days, voted to fund the Children's Health Insurance for six years. But we're likely to keep hearing about the program — either as part of campaign ads heading into this year's midterms, or a push for an even longer extension. 

The bottom line: It doesn't matter whose fault it was: The funding delay came at a price. "At a minimum families have experienced anxiety but it is also possible that families may have thought the program was closed and not enrolled their kids. And states have wasted a lot of time and energy developing contingency plans," said Joan Alker of Georgetown's Center for Children and Families.