The Washington Informer, by Stacy M. Brown

Funding for a federally administered health insurance program for children could end next year and jeopardize about 8 million youngsters who depend upon it to visit their doctors, emergency rooms and other medical facilities.

“As states are adjusting to a variety of health system changes, it is essential that Congress secure the Children’s Health Insurance Program’s future so that states can operate their programs without interruption,” Bruce Lesley, president of the Northwest-based national bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus, wrote in a letter dated March 13 to lawmakers and co-signed by more than 400 local, state and national organizations.

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