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States around the country, including Pennsylvania, face notifying millions of working class and special needs families that their children may soon lose their health care coverage.

The problem: a politically locked Congress.

Little has changed since Congress missed a Sept. 30 deadline to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a 25-year-old program that pays for health care for nearly 9 million children and 370,000 pregnant women across the nation.

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