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More than 75,000 children and about 800 pregnant woman could be at risk for losing their health insurance coverage by the end of the January.

It's through a program known in Colorado as Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and nationally as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

The program is for families that don't qualify for Medicaid and cannot receive care through another insurance. 

In September,Congress did not renew its share of the funding for the program. 

The State Department of Health says it has the means to cover patients up until January 31st, 2018.

Letters sent out to recipients on Monday explain what will happen if congress doesn't come up with the funding by late December, the program will end for Coloradans by the end of January. 

'It's very frustrating, it would be very easy to reauthorize the program and the benefits that the family receives far outweighs the financial cost of providing them with health coverage,' said Dr. Sara Tisdale, Pediatrician with Mountain View Medical Group in Colorado Springs. 

For the thousands covered by the program, they will need to find an alternative which may mean private insurance or the insurance exchange.

'It's going to affect their access to basic care, to preventative care, to services they're receiving right now that have special health care needs,' said Tisdale.

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