Raising Women’s Voices

Senate Approves Children’s Health Bill

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on February 1, 2009

In a 66 to 32 vote last Thursday, the Senate passed a children’s health insurance bill that would extend coverage to more than 4 million uninsured children.   A similar bill was passed in the House just a few weeks ago, with a 289 to 139 vote.  The bill includes a provision that would eliminates the restrictive 5 year waiting period applied to legal immigrant children who wish to access programs such as Medicaid and S-CHIP.

Former President Bush had twice vetoed the legislation, but President Obama is expected to sign the bill.  Overall, 9 Republican Senators supported the bill.  Others expressed concern that the passage of the bill would be a stepping stone towards replacing the private health care system with a government-run health care system.

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