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Louisiana children's program gets a few extra weeks of money

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A short-term infusion of cash from Congress for a health insurance program for low-income children has given Louisiana a few extra weeks to pay for coverage. But the money is expected to run out sometime around March.

Before the short-term patch approved by Congress before the holidays, the Louisiana Department of Health projected the state would run out of federal money for the Children's Health Insurance Program by the end of February.

Andrew Tuozzolo, health department chief of staff, said Monday the timeline has been pushed back a few weeks because of the congressional action. He called it a "little bit of a reprieve."

The agency hasn't finished its calculations of just when federal dollars will run out.

About 120,000 Louisiana children receive insurance coverage through the Medicaid-based program.

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