January 27, 2009
The Senate today began debate on legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The bill (HR 2) is similar to legislation that passed the House on January 14, by a vote of 289-139. SCHIP reauthorization bills were vetoed by former President Bush in 2007 and 2008.
Contact your Senators, and urge them to vote in favor of renewal of the SCHIP program. The bill would renew the program for 4.5 years and add an additional 4 million low-income children to the program.
Remind your Senators that the bill is nearly identical to previous versions of SCHIP legislation from the 110th Congress. The bill would also allow states to add legal immigrant children to their SCHIP programs. Finally, the bill contains a provision ensuring that all private sector SCHIP plans comply with the Paul Wellstone & Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 – the new federal parity law.
All Senate offices can be reached by calling 1-800-828-0498.
The Senate version of HR 2:
Click here for additional information on the new SCHIP reauthorization bill.