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Capitol Health Call
February 13, 2008

SCHIP, Medicare Compromise

JAMA. 2008;299(6):625. doi:10.1001/jama.299.6.625-d

A compromise bill extending the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) through March 2009 was signed December 29 by President George W. Bush.

The signing of the “Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007” (S 2499 [http://thomas.loc.gov/]) ended a battle between the White House and Congress as Democratic Congressional leadership sought to expand the program to provide more funding to states to cover greater numbers of low-income children. The passed legislation provides additional funding to ensure coverage of children—notably those whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford private insurance—currently enrolled in the program.