Health care for 17,790 children in Western New York is at risk because Congress has failed to reauthorize the Child Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday,

"This is not a partisan issue, and the stakes are too high to continue to play petty politics,” said Cuomo, called on Congress to reinstate the cuts.

CHIP is a safety gap program that provides preventive health care for children whose families who do not qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford any other insurance coverage, according to a news release from Cuomo’s office.

"New York's health care system is under assault by the federal government, and our children and the most vulnerable among us are their targets,"said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who traveled the state Wednesday with the governor's message.