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Congress Passes Latest Version of SCHIP Bill, 2nd Presidential Veto Expected
November 5, 2007
On November 1, the Senate voted 64-30 to another revised version of legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This revised SCHIP bill passed the House on October 25 by a vote of 265-142. Like the previous version of SCHIP, this bill is expected to draw a Presidential veto. Since there are not enough votes in the House to override this veto, it is expected that talks will continue to come up with a compromise that can secure additional Republican votes in the House.
This newest SCHIP bill (HR 3963) contains a number of changes and clarifications intended to garner the support from Republican House members that voted in favor of upholding the President’s veto. These changes include:
HR 3963 maintains the overall goal of enrolling 10 million children in SCHIP over the next five years and making improvements such as a new requirement for equitable coverage of mental illness treatment.
Click here to view additional background on the SCHIP bill and its importance to uninsured children living with mental illness.