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Capitol Health Call
February 11, 2009

Children’s Health

JAMA. 2009;301(6):590. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.95

House members voted 289 to 139 to reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

The bill’s passage (HR 2; http://thomas.loc.gov) on January 14 was a triumph for Democrats, who saw a similar measure in 2007 vetoed by President George W. Bush. At press time, it was expected that a similar bill would be approved by the Senate, and President Barack Obama had said he would quickly sign such legislation into law.

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