Pay for health coverage for kids? Not so fast | Editorial

There’s no more glaring example of this basic failure of governance than the expiration this past weekend of federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other critical safety-net programs that provide services to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and millions more people nationwide.

In Pennsylvania, 176,241 children receive services through CHIP, a joint federal and state venture. Pennsylvania has enough funding for the program to last through February of 2018. Other states, however, could run out of money much sooner than that, said Joan Benso, of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a statewide advocacy group.

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