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There's still no long-term solution for CHIP

Congress still isn't sure how CHIP funding is going to play out. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

Congress will likely shore up the Children's Health Insurance Program for the next few weeks, but still doesn't have a longer-term plan to fund the program.

The bottom line: A Finance Committee spokeswoman said Chairman Orrin Hatch "remains confident this will be resolved before the year's end." It's very likely to be part of the year-end funding bill. But states are nervous. Lawmakers still haven't agreed on a way to pay for the program, and this is the only time federal CHIP funding has expired except for about a week in 2008.