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Gov. Baker And Oregon's Governor Urge Congress To Act On Children's Health Program

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks up to the podium as he is joined by from l-r., Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, as they meet with reporters to announce the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol on Sept. 27. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks up to the podium as he is joined by from l-r., Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, as they meet with reporters to announce the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol on Sept. 27. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Governors are appealing to congressional leaders to restore funding for a federal program that provides health coverage for millions of low-income children.

The Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired Sept. 30. Congress has yet to reauthorize it, despite apparent support in both the House and Senate.

In a letter sent Wednesday to congressional leaders, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, warned of "unnecessary disruptions" if Congress doesn't act.

They said nearly every state would run out of federal CHIP funding by mid-2018.

Baker and Brown wrote on behalf of other governors as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the National Governors Association's Health and Human Services Committee.

Officials say Massachusetts stands to lose nearly $300 million in federal funding for 172,000 children.

The governors also urged the leaders of the House and Senate to authorize funding for the Community Health Center Fund and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.

With additional reporting by State House News Service

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