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President Vetoes SCHIP Bill

On October 3, the President vetoed a critical measure renewing the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).   Efforts in the House and Senate to override this veto are expected later this month.

On September 27, 2007 the Senate passed SCHIP by a vote of 62-29.

On September 26, 2007, by a vote of 265-159 (and one member voting “present”) the House cleared legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  This is unfortunately 19 votes short of the level necessary to override the expected President veto. 

Even though the House fell short of the support needed to override President Bush’s promised veto, there are critical improvements in this legislation (HR 976) which include a new requirement for equitable coverage of mental illness and a 6-month moratorium on regulations curbing rehabilitative services under Medicaid.

Thank you for your advocacy. We will provide further updates on the override vote.

How Did Your House Member Vote?
Click here to view the roll call vote on HR 976.

Learn More about the moratorium on Medicaid regulations