Lawmakers in Washington: Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and do it stat

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired Saturday, raising concerns about the future of the program, which covers more than 10,000 children in Lancaster County and roughly 9 million nationwide. State officials and local providers told LNP staff writer Heather Stauffer that the lapse won’t cause any immediate changes here, and expressed hope that the historically strong bipartisan public support for the program will result in quick restoration of funding.

People don’t agree on much these days. But we’ll wager that most of us agree on this: Children ought to have health insurance. And community health centers that serve low-income families ought to be funded.

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