As a nation, what better investment opportunity do we have than our children?

Our nation’s investments in children’s health, particularly in their earliest years of life when the foundations of adult health are set into place, have proven returns. But beyond gains in economics and social productivity, taking our best care of children is our duty. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expired at the end of September, is essential in delivering on that responsibility. Nearly three months later, lawmakers have still yet to come to an agreement on how to extend long-term funding for a program that ensures life-saving care for 6 million children.

Despite inspired passionate pleas from families, delayed action on CHIP jeopardizes children’s health coverage across the country.

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