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FED EXTENSION GIVES MASS. CHIP FUNDING THROUGH MARCH

By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 11, 2018...Federal funding for children's health care, which was running on fumes last month, got a jolt of congressional cash in late 2017 that should last through March in the Bay State, according to the Baker administration.

A short-term government funding bill that passed at the end of the year included a provision providing $2.85 billion for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), putting off a larger budget debate that could include immigration and border security.

The federal government paid nearly $14.5 billion for CHIP expenses in fiscal 2016, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.


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