Study Says Texas Skips Millions in Children's Insurance Money

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.

Dana Dixon Reporting