VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel makes emotional plea for endangered CHIP program
On Monday, late night host Jimmy Kimmel brought his newborn son on stage to make an emotional plea for Congress to restore funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provided healthcare to millions of Americans and drastically helped to reduce the uninsured rate of children since being implemented in 1997. Kimmel said, "It's on the back burner while they work out the new tax plans. Parents of children with cancer, diabetes and heart problems are about to get letters saying their coverage could be cut off next month. Merry Christmas, right?" Kimmel's comments comes while states warn that for the first time in the history of the program, the program may run out of funding resulting in 1.2 million children losing coverage and becoming uninsured.