The State of Texas is being blamed for losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money that would have gone to help underprivileged children pay for health insurance.
A new report says state lawmakers have consistently failed to meet the matching amount before deadlines.
Those federal funds would have gone to the CHIP program. The study suggests Texas lost a potential $170 million dollars in chip funding to other states in 2000, $324 million in 2001 and another $124 million in 2002.
The CHIP program provides health insurance to more than 500 thousand children who can't afford private insurance.