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Insurance for kids from low-income families at risk amid Obamacare debate, advocates warn

Insurance for kids from low-income families at risk amid Obamacare debate, advocates warn

Health coverage for more than 100,000 children from low-income families in Illinois could be in jeopardy if Congress doesn’t act soon to renew a program that health advocates say is being overshadowed by debate over Obamacare.

In Illinois, about 131,000 kids receive health care coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a state- and federally funded program for children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to pay for private insurance. The program is set to expire Saturday.

There’s broad bipartisan support in Congress for reauthorizing the program, and Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to do...