AR Kids Expires on Saturday, Congress Looking for Answer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- On the heels of the Senate's latest health care failure another important deadline is about to expire in Congress, this one affecting the youngest Americans. 

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  or AR Kids in Arkansas expires on Saturday.

The program covers nearly nine million children across the country, which costs taxpayers nearly 14 billion dollars every year.

Congressman French Hill says Congress overwhelmingly reauthorized CHIP two years ago and expects the same to happen again. 

"The CHIP program is essential to children's health across the country. Arkansas was an early innovator under Gov. Huckabee in the 1990's and Congress is committed to reauthorizing CHIP. It's a matter of getting that legislative process in the right spot to do it."

Congressman Hill is unsure of a timeline, but says his colleagues met about it last week. 

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