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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) currently provides health insurance for 7 million children. The initial ten-year authorization of the program expired in September 2007. Two bipartisan reauthorization bills to extend and improve the program were presented to the President, who vetoed them both. Congress was left with no choice but to pass a short-term extension of program, until April of 2009. This funding was only enough to maintain current coverage and was insufficient to allow states to reach the six million low-income children who today are uninsured but eligible for coverage.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 is an updated version of the first bipartisan reauthorization bill vetoed by President Bush (H.R. 976). CHIPRA reauthorizes the CHIP program through Fiscal Year 2013, providing sufficient federal funds to enable states to maintain their current programs and extend them to 4 million additional uninsured low-income children. The major change from the vetoed bill is the inclusion of an option for states to eliminate the 5-year waiting period for low-income uninsured children who are legally in the U.S.
Lowering the Number of Uninsured Low-Income Children.
Improving Access to Benefits for Children (Dental Coverage/Mental Health Parity).
Prioritizing children’s coverage.
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