The authorization – and funding – for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program have run out, effective October first.
Congress has not yet acted to reauthorize and fund it.
The program – called “Healthy Steps” in North Dakota -- is available for children who are in households that may not qualify for Medicaid, but where the family can’t afford to buy health insurance.
Some states have now stopped accepting applications for the program. Others have said they will soon run out of money for it. But, in North Dakota, the situation is different.