House committee delays sending CHIP bill to floor

Washington Examiner | 10/10/2017 | Robert King
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A House committee said it will delay sending a bill to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program to the full House to give bipartisan talks on funding more time.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will delay sending the bill it marked up last week to the House floor, Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Tuesday. The delay comes as talks with Democrats heat up on new funding offsets after those in the bill came under criticism from Democrats.

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Walden said the panel would need to act quickly. Some states expect to run out of CHIP funding, which pays for health insurance for low-income children through block grants, by late November while others can last until early 2018. The program expired Sept. 30.

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He said that with multiple "state CHIP and public health programs on countdown clocks if the minority wants to reach a bipartisan agreement, time is of the essence."

If the House panel isn't able to reach a deal by the end of the week, "I would expect the House...
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