Local mom voices concern over unclear future of children's health insurance program

Nationwide, about 9 million children receive coverage through the program, and many states planned to shutter the program if funds ran out.

That deal is vital according to Kim Deti with the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), who says ending the program could be detrimental because it would leave those children with-out health insurance in Wyoming.

Community health centers in Wisconsin and around the country have organized four Congressional call-in days to hold members of Congress to their commitment to provide long-term funding for the Community Health Centers and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the December 22 Continuing Resolution.

Clarifying a story CBS Newschannel 5 brought you Wednesday, Congress passed a short-term extension for the CHIP program.

Families with incomes of up to 312 percent of the federal poverty limit can qualify if they don't have access to affordable insurance. Meanwhile, Wiggins, a mental health counselor with a master's degree, says she won't be able to afford healthcare for her kids, including medication for a teenage son.

ALL Kids has operated since 1998 and has helped reduce the number of uninsured children in Alabama from 20 percent to 2.4 percent.

Before Congress passed the temporary funding last week, a handful of other states had sent warning notices to families telling them the program would soon end without more funds. He said he doesn't know what he'd do if they lost their insurance.

"Some of the children will have that as an option", Caldwell said.