Expert: Wyoming has funds to cover kids on federal insurance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials say Wyoming children who are enrolled in a federal health insurance program will continue to be covered for the next few months, even if Congress lets federal funding expire.

The Wyoming Tribune Herald reports federal money for the nationwide Children's Health Insurance Program will expire Saturday unless Congress acts, but Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti says the state has enough carry-over money in the Kid Care Children's Health Insurance Program to operate unchanged for several months.

The Children's Health Insurance Program provides health insurance coverage to about 9 million children from low-income families in the United States and the District of Columbia. An estimated 3,300 children are enrolled in Wyoming.