A local mom is concerned about whether or not her children will receive healthcare following news that funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is in jeopardy.
CHIP is a federal program that provides inexpensive health insurance to 9 million children and pregnant women who don't qualify for Medicaid and can't afford private insurance. Legislators missed the September 30 deadline. Funding for the program is now in jeopardy if lawmakers don't reauthorize coverage.
"When they told me how much I was going to have to pay to keep my daughter in therapy, I almost cried right there at their desk because it's something that she needs and I couldn't do it," said Naomi Davis, a single mother of a 2-year-old and 14-year-old.
Even with a full-time job, Davis said she can't afford to pay insurance for her kids.
"I work a lot just to support my children, I'd love to be able to eliminate a little bit of that stress off myself," she said.
Florida is one of the several states where funds could run out as early as January. Sen. Marco Rubio said the program needs to be funded and extended.
"Continue to press your elected officials like me and others to make sure that it happens, but I'm telling you no one here wants to see that go away and I'm confident that we won't let it go away," Rubio said.
However, for mothers like Davis who relies on this program, she is fearful of what will happen if lawmakers don't act.
"What am I going to do now, how am I going to get my daughter the help or anything that she needs whether I'd be for therapy, behavioral health, any other type of issues," she said.
The communications director for Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement on Wednesday following the news about CHIP. He said:
"Governor Scott has been supportive of this program and expects the federal government to extend it in order to help low-income kids."