CHIPS Program may Stay

To help fix the state's budget troubles, some law makers suggested putting the Children's Health Insurance Program on the chopping block. However, Governor Rick Perry says he believes the CHIPs program will remain intact. He says the CHIPs program makes sense because it invests in the health and welfare of young Texans.

The program provides low-cost insurance for working families who cannot afford private health insurance coverage, but who make too much money for their children to qualify for medicaid. Eliminating the program would save the state $428 million over the next two years.

Perry says what is now being debated among legislators is the final structure of the program that serves 500,000 children.