Congress is reportedly making some progress toward a bipartisan deal to reauthorize the program, which provides medical coverage for 9 million low- and middle-income children. The Hill reports that staff from relevant committees in both parties and chambers met over Thanksgiving to discuss a package that could include funding for CHIP, community health centers, extensions for some expiring Medicare programs, and a bill to make Medicare spending more efficient. "The health-care package could be attached to either a short-term government spending bill in early December, or the longer-term government funding bill later in December. Advocates are pushing for it to be included in the earlier, short-term bill," The Hill reports.
|A Politico map shows when each state is expected to run out of money.|
"Minnesota, which was on the verge of going bust in October, managed to cadge $3.6 million in emergency funds from the government to carry it through the end of the year," Michael Hiltzik reports for the Los Angeles Times. "Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is pondering whether to raid his state’s rainy day fund. But as deadlines approach, most states have little choice other than to start throwing children off the CHIP rolls, cutting back on services or shutting down completely."