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« It’s a very difficult time with respect to children’s coverage, » says Alker. children now have health insurance under CHIP. « Now all three legs of that coverage https://www.canadagoosepark.com stool CHIP, Medicaid and ACA are up for grabs. »

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At least that’s what most budget experts and lawmakers assume. « There’s no precedent to go on, » said Lorenzen, because no budget reconciliation bill has taken Congress this far into a fiscal year. « So nobody really knows. ».