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Maryland Gov. Hogan Asks Congress to Authorize Funding for Children's Program

Posted: 12/12/2017 17:29:00 -05:00 Updated:
Gov. Larry Hogan gives the closing address at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference in Ocean City, on Saturday, Aug. 21. (Photo: Gov. Larry Hogan Facebook page) Gov. Larry Hogan gives the closing address at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference in Ocean City, on Saturday, Aug. 21. (Photo: Gov. Larry Hogan Facebook page)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling on congressional leaders to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Hogan sent a letter to leaders of both parties in Congress that says the program serves more than 146,000 low-income children. 

The Republican governor says if Congress fails to reauthorize funding Maryland will run out of money for the program by April 2018. As a result, Hogan says that would cause Maryland's federal match to change from 50 to 88 percent.

According to Hogan, Maryland would lose an estimated $30 million in federal funds in 2018 alone, which would increase to $121 million in 2019.

Hogan says that potential worst-case outcome places "a tremendous financial and administrative burden on our state and sows fear and confusion among some of our most vulnerable populations."

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