Congressional failure to fund CHIP is bringing it down to the line in Pennsylvania

Teresa Miller, acting secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services, is walking a tightrope this holiday season.

Funding for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program that covers 178,000 children statewide — roughly 10,000 of them in Lancaster County — is running out and the program will have to shut down about the end of January 2018 unless Congress acts.

She wants to give families at least 30 days notice if that happens.

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