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H.R. 2, Bipartisan Children's Health Bill, Will Provide Coverage to 11 Million Children
Date:1/13/2009

is growing each day.
  • This bill includes a provision -- supported by the American people -- that would give states the option of covering legal immigrant children who have been here less than five years under SCHIP and Medicaid. Their legal immigrant parents pay taxes and serve in the armed forces. It makes sense to cover these children -- legally here -- sooner than a five-year waiting period, in order to prevent critical health problems from going unchecked.
  • The bill is fully paid-for -- increasing the tobacco tax by 61 cents and also achieving savings by imposing restrictions on self-referral to physician-owned hospitals.
  • On Wednesday, the House will consider H.R. 2, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act. This legislation reauthorizes news and improves SCHIP and is based on the two previously-vetoed bipartisan bills. Following is an overview of some of the bill's key provisions.

    Ensures health care coverage for 11 million American children. The bill renews and improves the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), reauthorizing it for four and a half years -- through FY 2013. The bill ensures that the 7 million children who currently participate in SCHIP continue to receive coverage. It also extends coverage to 4 million uninsured children, according to the nonpartisan CBO.

    Improves care and strengthens funding. The bill invests billions in new funding over five years in SCHIP in order to strengthen SCHIP's financing; increase health care coverage for low-income, uninsured children; and improve the quality of health care children receive.

    Provides resources for states to reach uninsured children who are today eligible for SCHIP and Medicaid but not yet enrolled. Two-thirds of uninsured children are currently eligible for coverage through SCHIP or Medicaid -- but better outreach an
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