Colorado Editorials

Durango Herald: CHP-plus program for low-income kids receives a bipartisan reprieve, for now

Author: The Durango Herald Editorial Board - December 23, 2017 - Updated: December 23, 2017

It is very fortunate for many Colorado children in need that the state has stepped up to provide financial support for a critical insurance program for low-income families.

Because of inaction by Congress – each party blames the other – the federal Children’s Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program, which in Colorado covers 75,000 children 18 and younger, and pregnant women 19 and older, has received short term support, but could still lose its funding at the end of January.

Colorado’s action, an emergency budget appropriation of $9.6 million approved by the Joint Budget Committee, will continue the program through February to give Congress another month to vote for the long-term funding the program requires.


The Durango Herald Editorial Board