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Keeping kids insured: CHIP shows how bipartisanship can solve problems

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

9 February 2012 - Original Source

Author Bruce Lesley is President of First Focus, an Atlantic grantee through the Children & Youth programme in the United States. 


by Bruce Lesley

Three years ago, a bill to extend and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program became law. On Feb. 4, 2009, we decided as a nation to protect and invest in the health of our children. Among the Pennsylvanians to whom we owe thanks are Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Republican Reps. Jim Gerlach, Tim Murphy and Glenn Thompson.

Many Pennsylvania families have lost health insurance in recent years as parents lost their jobs. But even though 173,000 Pennsylvania children now live with at least one unemployed parent, the number of uninsured children in Pe