Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) might survive past its December 2010 expiration date thanks to a bill from State Representative Tony DeLuca.
The Allegheny County Democrat’s legislation would rid the program of a “sunset date,” meaning CHIP would be free to continue indefinitely.
The program provides health insurance for 197,150 children whose parents couldn’t afford it otherwise.
DeLuca says 68 cents of every CHIP dollar comes from the federal government. He says it would be unwise to let that federal income go.
DeLuca says the bill will probably be passed soon. Right now, it’s before the full House for consideration.