>> Shame on President Trump.>> As Congress continues to squabble over healthcare, those who depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, are preparing for a worst-case scenario. CHIP provides coverage to almost nine million low-income children whose families earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid, but cannot afford private insurance.
The program has enjoyed bipartisan support since it was enacted in 1997. But this year the Republican-led congress allowed funding for the program to expire on September 30th. Reuters healthcare reporter Jilian Mincer.>> Hospitals, medical providers, and families are really anxious about this. There are going to be families that wake up February 1st and don't have health insurance if this is not passed.
And for families with a chronically ill child that could be disastrous. States are saying to us that they're going to have to shutter the programs. Most of the states are saying that they do not have the money to run these programs if the Federal Government doesn't allocate it.
>> The Republican Party has since tied the fate of CHIP to other legislative battles like trying to repeal Obamacare or enact tax reform. And now people like Nancy Manu, a mother from Portland, Oregon whose ten-month-old daughter was born with a hole in her heart don't know what to do.
>> They will be able to join the exchanges, get on workplace policies, but keep in mind that most of these families can't afford this additional cost. They're estimating that at least 1.2 million children will have no insurance if CHIP is not extended because their families just can't afford additional expenses.
It's really a mess and it's really frightening. It's hard to imagine for families that their children might not have health insurance February 1st.