Congress is about to miss a major deadline on an important health care program — and some states could start to panic

WASHINGTON — Congress will not be able to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by the September 30 expiration this weekend, sending certain states into a sense of panic as funds begin to dry up.

Created during the Clinton administration, CHIP covers nearly 9 million children across the United States in certain middle-class families, which costs taxpayers nearly $14 billion every year, according to Vox.

Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden, who head the Senate Finance Committee, reached an agreement earlier this month and introduced a bipartisan bill to extend the program for five years. However, there has been little movement and CHIP will not be reauthorized on October 1.

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THE PARK IMPERIAL AT 230 WEST 56TH ST , NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/07/10: New Yorkers and healthcare advocacy groups organized a protest on July 10, 2017; outside Rep. John Faso's fundraiser as donors arrive at the Park Imperial at 230 West 56th St. in Midtown Manhattan. Faso voted for the House Trumpcare bill in May, he also coauthored the notorious Collins-Faso amendment to both the House and Senate bills that would shift New York Medicaid funding from counties budgets to the state budget. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A healthcare activist protests to stop the Republican health care bill at Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Healthcare activists protest to stop the Republican health care bill at Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Healthcare activists get a police warning during a protest to stop the Republican health care bill at Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Healthcare activists protest to stop the Republican health care bill at Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: A demonstrater from Arizona chants, 'Kill the bill or lose your job' while sitting on the floor outside the offices of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) during a protest against health care reform legislation in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. More than 100 people from across the country were arrested during the protest that was organized by Housing Works and Center for Popular Democracy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW YORK COUNTY REPUBLICAN OFFICE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/07/05: The Socialist Feminists of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) organized a protest outside of the New York County Republican Office in New York City on July 5, 2017; to tell Republicans that is it despicable and undemocratic that they are trying to ram Trumpcare through the Senate without debate or public hearings. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 10: Health care protesters from Arkansas chant outside of the office of Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., in the Hart Senate Office Building on Monday, July 10, 2017. About a dozen people loudly voiced opposition to the GOP health care bill. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
THE PARK IMPERIAL AT 230 WEST 56TH ST , NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/07/10: New Yorkers and healthcare advocacy groups organized a protest on July 10, 2017; outside Rep. John Faso's fundraiser as donors arrive at the Park Imperial at 230 West 56th St. in Midtown Manhattan. Faso voted for the House Trumpcare bill in May, he also coauthored the notorious Collins-Faso amendment to both the House and Senate bills that would shift New York Medicaid funding from counties budgets to the state budget. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 5: A small group of activists rally against the GOP health care plan outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club, July 5, 2017 in New York City. Republicans in the Senate will resume work on the bill next week when Congress returns to Washington after a holiday recess. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A small group of activists rally against the GOP health care plan outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club, July 5, 2017 in New York City. Republicans in the Senate will resume work on the bill next week when Congress returns to Washington after a holiday recess. (Photo by Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Healthcare activists protest to stop the Republican health care bill at Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Healthcare activists are detained after a protest to stop the Republican health care bill at Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
A staff members asks the media to leave the room as Healthcare activists protest in the office of Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to stop the Republican health care bill at Russell Senate Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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Other senators on the Finance Committee are confident an extension can get done before states are stretched too thin, likely in the coming weeks.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican, told Business Insider an "overwhelming number of states have some money to continue to spend" and he is confident a deal can be reached.

"So think that in other words, there’s a few days leeway — there might be a few weeks leeway," Grassley said. "But I can’t be specific because I don’t know but it’s too bad it’s not done right now."

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper said " most people agree CHIP’s a good program" and that sense of agreement is why lawmakers will move to reauthorize in the coming weeks. But Carper noted that such a timeline is unclear for the program he called "Orrin Hatch's baby."

"If I told you I could say it’s about three and a half days and I’d be lying," he said. "I don't know what the timeline is, but I know there’s not just Democrats."

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Most concerned with the ramifications of CHIP's expiration was Ohio Republican Rob Portman.

"Originally we were told it wouldn’t be until after the first of the year that we’d run out of money" Portman told Business Insider. "Now we think actually in Ohio we could run out of money in by the end of this year by December 31. So it’s an issue, we gotta get it moving."

When asked what was standing in the way of a CHIP reauthorization, Portman suggested the program's high cost to taxpayers was the primary issue.

"We’re in agreement on policy but we’re not in agreement yet on what the pay-fors will be," he said.

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