Louisiana Ends Prep Work For Children's Health Program Cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending its preparations for cuts to a health insurance program for low-income children after Congress renewed the program for six years.

Andrew Tuozzolo, with Louisiana's health department, said Tuesday the state already was in the process of rescinding regulatory changes proposed in case the federal funding ran dry. He says he's not aware of any other paperwork needed.

Before the latest congressional action, Louisiana expected to run out of money sometime around March for the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. No notifications had yet been sent to recipient families about the possible funding problems.

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About 120,000 Louisiana children along with 3,000 pregnant women receive insurance coverage through the Medicaid-based program.

Renewal of CHIP was included in the short-term budget deal that ended the federal government shutdown.

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