Hatch, Wyden reach agreement on long-term authorization for children's health program
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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has long been pushing for a long-term authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, the federal-state partnership that covers nearly 9 million of the country's children. He and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, have gotten there, with an agreement for a five-year authorization. They just have to figure out how to get it passed by the end of the month.

Money for the federal-state program is due to expire at the end of September. The...

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