Daily Health Policy Report
Capitol Hill Watch |
Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Prepare Proposals That Would Expand State SCHIP Programs in 2007
[Dec 15, 2006]
Congress is discussing expanding state SCHIP programs, "a debate that could move... closer to universal health care for children...." SCHIP is set to expire 9/30.
Sen. John Kerry plans to refile his bill guaranteeing health coverage for all children through SCHIP and other programs. Sen. Snowe is working to address a $700 million SCHIP funding shortfall 2006. SCHIP will cost $5 billion this FY, $12 billion over the next five years to maintain current services.