Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is breaking with Republicans in Congress on yet another health-care issue — the Children's Health Insurance Program, which will run out of funds in March, jeopardizing the health coverage of 140,000 Maryland children.
A spokeswoman for Hogan (R) said the administration has been working with the National Governors Association to urge Congress to take bipartisan action to ensure funding for the program.
"Needy kids should never be a political football," Amelia Chasse said in a statement.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has criticized Hogan in recent days for not offering a plan on how the state will provide health care for the children if Congress does not reauthorize the funds.
"It's not enough to oppose an already unpopular President and Congress," Jealous said in a statement. "Being governor means having the courage to protect Marylanders no matter what happens in Washington."
Chasse said Hogan "strongly believes" that Congress needs to reauthorize CHIP funding.
"There is near-universal agreement among the states that this funding needs to be continued," she said. "Instead of lobbing partisan political attacks, we should be working together and forcefully urging our federal delegation to get this reauthorization passed."
Over the past several months, Hogan has repeatedly opposed efforts by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, calling instead for a "common-sense, bipartisan solution" to fix it.