Raising Women’s Voices

House, Senate SCHIP Bills Seek 4.5-Year Reauthorization; Immigrant Coverage Varies

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 14, 2009

While both House and Senate Democratic leaders have released drafts of legislation that would reauthorize S-CHIP, the bills contained different positions regarding immigrant children. While both call for a reauthorization period of 4.5 years, only the legislation from the House eliminates the 5 year waiting period for children and pregnant women who are legal immigrants. Another difference stems from funding. The Senate proposes the bill to be fully funded by increasing the federal tobacco tax by 61 cents per pack. The proposal from the House not only includes the tobacco tax, but also includes a provision that prohibits physician from referring patients to facilities that they own.

For a summary of the House bill is available on the Web at http://op.bna.com/hl.nsf/r?Open=sfak-7n9rsh.
Text of the House bill as introduced is available at http://www.rules.house.gov/111/LegText/111_hr2_text.pdf.
The Senate chairman’s mark is available at http://op.bna.com/hl.nsf/r?Open=sfak-7n9rkl.

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