Wolf joins 11 other governors urging funding for CHIP

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 13, 2017 1:43 AM

FILE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Columbus, Ohio) -- Democratic Governor Tom Wolf  has joined 11 others governors of both parties in urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children's health insurance program as soon as possible.

The recommendation involving the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, came in a letter to congressional leaders yesterday.

Republican Ohio Gov.ernor John Kasich and Democratic Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper led the letter-writing effort.

It was joined by Wolf as well as the governors of Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Vermont and Virginia.

Fresh funding for the $14 billion CHIP program ran out October 1.

Since then, some states have relied on unspent funds. Others got a short-term reprieve in the two-week spending bill President Donald Trump signed last Friday.

The governors said funding the program "without disruption" is something they can all agree on.

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