The Failure of SCHIP Reauthorization:What Next?

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The Failure of SCHIP Reauthorization:What Next?

March 13, 2008

Abstract

As efforts to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) failed in 2007, Congress settled on a short-term extension of the program. The issues that proved contentious in the SCHIP reauthorization debate will likely be revisited when Congress again takes on SCHIP reauthorization later in 2008 or early 2009 when the extension is set to expire. Instead of seeing the reductions in uninsurance among children that were projected under the vetoed SCHIP reauthorization bills, the number of uninsured children will likely increase, at least in the short run. Without strong growth in public coverage, more children are apt to join the ranks of the uninsured, which increased by 1 million over the past two years.

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