State budget cuts are threatening the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP.
That's the word from house budget writers who say a nearly $10-billion deficit could force them to eliminate CHIP. The program offers low-cost insurance for working families who cannot afford private coverage for their kids. If approved, Texas could become the only state not taking part in CHIP. "I think it is one of those that has worked well, exceptionally well, and I don't think that it is appropriate to even think about eliminating it. The children would suffer and that's not fair," said Judi Blakey with Covenant Health Systems.
CHIP serves more than 15,000 kids in the Lubbock area and more than 500,000 in Texas. A spokeswoman for the governor's office says Governor Perry does not believe CHIP will be eliminated in budget cuts over the next two years.