"This is some good news", she said.
CHIP is a stopgap for many American families, providing low-priced health insurance coverage for children whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but otherwise can't afford health care.
"If congress has not acted we will have to start notifying families that we will likely have to start disenrolling children", said Caldwell. Every state works with their Medicaid program to offer CHIP for all its residents and approximately nine million kids in the USA are covered by CHIP.
"Enrollment freezes negatively affected children's health and family finances". As of Sunday, none of Mississippi's elected officials have released public statements on the funding.
More than 2.2 million Florida children receive coverage through Medicaid, the federal-state program for children and families in the lowest-income categories. The bill would extend federal CHIP funding for five years, allocating between $21 billion to $25 billion annually through fiscal 2022. But the debate over how to fund it, coupled with the recent dysfunction of Congress, leaves the question of whether it can be restored - and how quickly - up in the air.
Health care for Oklahoma's poorest children will take a $49 million dollar hit because of congressional inaction.
The Children's Health Insurance Program - which goes by the name KidsCare in Arizona - is set to expire after midnight Saturday, the same moment that an automatic $11 million cut to the Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments program is scheduled to kick in.
Part of the problem was that ObamaCare actually increased CHIP's federal contribution by 23 percent.
But Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock said in an email this week that states "have funding to continue the program and will not run out before the new legislation passes". As a result, funding is not expected to fully run out until April 2018, according to Mississippi's Division of Medicaid.
Each state can tailor its CHIP program, to some degree.
Stevenson also said he's anxious about the prospect of the bill getting delayed if other, only faintly related legislative add-ons are put into it. If Congress does not act to renew the program and there are no other allotments, funding would be depleted sometime in the quarter ending June 30.
"We know that there is a desire in Congress to provide the funds, but we have heard that same sentiment all through the spring and the summer", said Nathan Checketts, deputy director of the Utah Health Department.
HHS said it will keep the Legislature's Appropriations and Health and Human Services committees informed.
He has been supportive of the program, said Crapo spokesman Lindsey Nothern. Under CHIP, routine doctor visits are free, and while there can be cost-sharing for other medical services, no one has to pay more than 5 percent of their annual family income.
A bipartisan bill now in the Senate Finance Committee may reauthorize CHIP before states begin to exhaust funding.
"CHIP, now in its 20th year, has always been bipartisan and we hope this extension will be no different", Walden said.
As Perlmutter and Bennet noted, it also did not restore funding for next year for community health centers, which help millions of people across the country each year. "It's imperative we finish our work quickly so these vital services continue to be available for those who rely on them".