Senator Kaine stumps for CHIP program

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia Senator Tim Kaine visited UVA'S Children's Hospital to bring attention to the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, program.

He took a tour of the children's hospital on Monday talking about the CHIP, which is facing a lack of federal funding if a reauthorization bill isn't passed in a couple of weeks.

The insurance program targets children with complex health needs, and if Virginia loses funding, moms like Angela Dolan have no place to turn.

"It means a great deal," she said. "I have four children who depend on it and without it, they would not get the services they need, the medicines they need to on a daily basis to maintain a daily life."

Meanwhile, Kaine is confident the program will be reauthorized despite being debated with several other issues contained in the same bill.

"We're trying to come to a global decision on all of them between now and Friday, Jan. 19," he said. "Of all these issues CHIP has the most support, so it's one I am most confident will pass."

According to Kaine's office, CHIP covers 66,000 children in the Commonwealth and 1,100 pregnant women.

Virginia will lose all funding for the program if Congress does not act by Jan. 31.

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