Update: Federal Funding for Children’s Insurance Program Approved in Budget Bill

Christine Prichard, a self-employed photographer who is enrolled in the ACA, said she’s not sure about healthcare for her kids, Avery, 13, and Marley, 15, if CHIP goes away. (Source: Nick Patterson)

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program was extended for six years in the compromise budget bill passed by Congress and signed by the president Monday.

Alabama and many other states had been particularly concerned about funding for the program, which was in danger of running out next month.

BirminghamWatch focused on the insurance program, known in Alabama as All Kids, in the first of a planned series exploring the connections between Alabama and Washington.

Read the story about the effect the federal funding has in the state:

What Happens If CHIP Goes Away? Congress’ Failure to Fund Popular Health Program for Kids Could Leave Thousands in Alabama Uninsured