The federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is up for reauthorization this week.

CHIP provides health care coverage to 39,000 kids in West Virginia, none of which would have insurance coverage otherwise.

Nearly 50 million US adults do not have any insurance, and at least that many are considered under-insured.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already approved the reauthorization, and the measure now goes to the Senate.

President George Bush has threatened to veto the bill, claiming many states have taken advantage of the CHIP Program by pushing it beyond its intended purpose.

West Virginia officials say that is certainly not the case in the Mountain State.

About four million children across the country are covered.

The USA price tag for the CHIP Program is $35 billion over five years.