LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Fifty thousand Arkansas kids can breathe a sigh of relief today. The short-term spending bill President Trump signed Monday didn't just end the government shutdown.
It also reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Program for six more years.
The President and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital recently met with the state's congressional delegation.
She says all six members were always behind CHIP.
"The communities across our country spoke loud and clear and said please please don't let the children fall to the side, don't use them as bargaining chips and Congress did the right thing. I knew they would- it took longer than I wanted- than most of us wanted- but I think at the end of the day they were going to get CHIP passed," says Marcy Doderer.
CHIP expired more than 100 days ago.
If it wasn't extended, ten states not including Arkansas, would have run out of money by the end of the month.