Children’s health insurance program extended another month

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s Department of Social Services said it is extending a popular health insurance program for children for another month.

The agency announced Friday it was able to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as HUSKY B in Connecticut, through February 28 because Congress last week passed a continuing budget resolution. Notices will be sent next week.

Families were previously notified that HUSKY B would not cover their children’s medical services after January 31 because Congress had not yet authorized the funding.

It’s unclear when or if Congress will ultimately reauthorize the program.

DSS said it is also resuming new applications next week. However, that will be short-lived unless Congress ultimately approves more funding.

More than 17,000 low- and moderate-income children in the state rely on HUSKY B for health coverage.