Budget deals extend funding for Children's Health Insurance Program

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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Two months ago, the Children's Health Insurance Program was in danger of running out of money.

But now social service agencies and the families they serve are breathing easier.

A budget compromise last month reauthorized the program for six years. And the budget agreement that President Trump signed last week, extended the funding even longer.

Joanna Spar is the Assistant Director for Benefits in the Roanoke County Department of Social Services.

"The clients are going to be better served. knowing that this is not something they need to worry about year, after year after year," Spar told WDBJ7 Monday.

About 1600 families in Roanoke County are enrolled in Virginia's FAMIS program, which depends upon the federal funding.