Future of US children's health insurance still uncertain

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 04 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:685
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The US State Children's Health Insurance Program, subject of a fight between President George Bush and Congress, was extended to 16 November.

The programme was to expire on 30 September, the end of the government's fiscal year and the end of the programme, which began 10 years ago and needs renewal every five years.

Congress passed a “continuing resolution” to extend it and several other programmes.

The current programme, funded partly by the federal government (about 70%) and partly by the states (about 30%), covers more than six million children. The proposed expansion would cover another four million.

Last month Congress voted to renew and expand the …

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