As soon as Congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program expire at the end of September, the timer started running out on funding. Some states, including Louisiana, will be out of money in January.
But there is no sense of urgency in Washington to reauthorize the program, known as CHIP, which covers 9 million low-income children nationwide.
In an effort to get Congress' attention, Gov. John Bel Edwards and 11 other governors from both political parties sent a letter Tuesday (Dec. 12) urging the House and Senate to act.