State Children's Health Insurance Program

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Kimmel Makes Emotional Return With Son in Arms

He issues plea to Congress

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with Congress to restore and improve children's health coverage, a cause... More »

NYC Cigs Hit a Smokin' $10 a Pack

Advocates hope 62-cent federal tax will reduce deaths, costs

(Newser) - Smokers in New York City will soon be shelling out $10 for a pack of cigarettes, the New York Post reports. Lawmakers plan to pay for the new Children’s Health Insurance Program law with a 62-cent federal tax on cigarettes, pushing the NYC price to a 10-spot—the nation’... More »

Senate Passes Children's Health Insurance Bill

Expansion of health insurance for low-income kids passes over GOP objections

(Newser) - The Senate has passed a $32.8 billion bill to dramatically expand children's health insurance, the Washington Post reports. The State Children's Health Insurance Program will now cover 11 million low-income children, up from 7 million. The bill, which will be funded by an extra 61-cent tax on every packet... More »

Partisan Rift Stalls Health Reform, for Now

Dems will try veto override to boost care for poor kids

(Newser) - A partisan split over health care will likely stall all attempts at reform, at least until a new president takes office next year, the AP reports. Bush's health secretary, Mike Leavitt, opposes Dem ideas about negotiating drug prices and boosting dollars for children's care. “I’m not expecting too... More »

Bush Vetoes Kids' Health Bill Again

SCHIP expansion remains too pricey, president says

(Newser) - President Bush today vetoed for the second time expansion of a federal program that provides health insurance to poor and middle-class children, the New York Times reports. Bush called the proposed overhaul fiscally irresponsible, because it would cover too many undeserving recipients and raise taxes. Democrats will now try to... More »

Kids' Health Insurance Bill Stalls Again

House Dems fail to capture votes needed to foil Bush veto of popular measure

(Newser) - House Democrats' plans to expand a children's health insurance program hit a brick wall again yesterday when they failed to attract the Republican votes necessary to override a presidential veto, reports the Washington Post. The final vote on a reworked $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program... More »

Kids' Health Veto Override Fails

Bush pleased with defeat of 'misguided legislation'

(Newser) - A House vote today failed to override President Bush's veto of a bill that could have provided health insurance to 10 million children. The measure fell 13 votes short of the needed two-thirds majority, with 273 voting for the bill, including 44 Republicans. Democratics say the fight isn't over. "... More »

Child Health Bill Heads for Veto

Showdown looms as Senate passes bill with GOP support

(Newser) - The stage was set for a confrontation with the president yesterday as the Senate passed a bill expanding health insurance for children's with a veto-proof, bipartisan majority of 67 to 29. Bush has repeatedly vowed to veto the measure, which drew the support of 18 of 49 Senate Republicans, including... More »

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