Senate Approves SCHIP Expansion Bill

The Senate approved a bill to expand and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program in a 66 to 32 vote and President Obama plans to sign this legislation into effect. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provides health insurance to children from low-income families who cannot afford private health care but do not qualify for federal Medicaid. SCHIP currently provides health insurance to more than 7 million children and passage of this legislation expands the program to cover 4 million more children, including for legal immigrants.

In the most blatant of terms, SCHIP provides health insurance to children of families who are stuck in the middle–Not poor enough to be considered for federal insurance, but too poor to even think of the possibility of purchasing insurance from private and major companies. It has been an unfortunate situation, to say the least, to exist in the middle of the spectrum as far as income goes, so often putting families in damned if you do, damned if you don’t positions.

According to the New York Times, the SCHIP Expansion Bill is a version of the same bill that was vetoed twice by ex-President Bush.

3 thoughts on “Senate Approves SCHIP Expansion Bill”

  1. What a difference a new administration makes! Now it is time to do something for the adults stuck in the middle. They are even more likely to need good health care.

    1. I couldn’t agree more with you! When Obama was on the campaign trail bidding for the people’s vote he talked a good talk about health care. As a young adult who is uninsured and has been on their own for a good handful of years, in desperate need for health care, I voted for Obama. It is great to see he is doing all he can for childhood health care but I’m with you here–It is time for the adults stuck in the middle.

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