SCHIP Extension bill

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The SCHIP Extension bill (H.R.3963) was a bill in the 110th Congress "to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.” (Official title)[1]

Contents

Current status

Veto Override Failed (House)[2]


Bill summary

  • Allows states to provide pregnancy-related assistance for targeted low-income pregnant women if the minimum eligibility level is at least 185 percent of the poverty level or at least 200 percent of the poverty level for children under 19 years of age (Sec. 111).[2]
  • Prohibits the approval, extension, or renewal of CHIP waivers to parents of targeted low-income children and nonpregnant childless adults (Sec. 112).[2]
  • Prohibits payments for providing child heath assistance for children whose family income would exceed 300 percent of the poverty line unless a waiver is granted by the state (Sec. 114).[2]
  • Appropriates $100.00 million through 2012 for outreach and enrollment grant programs designed to increase the enrollment and participation of eligible children in CHIP (Sec. 201).[2]
  • Requires states to submit the names and social security numbers of children eligible for CHIP and to make a "reasonable effort" to address any inconsistencies in social security numbers and the declaration of citizenship or nationality while continuing to provide medical assistance until the problem is resolved, and allows state programs to enter an agreement with the Commissioner of Social Security to provide for the electronic submission of documents (Sec. 211).[2]
  • Appropriates $25.00 million from the U.S. Treasury Department for programs designed to reduce child obesity (Sec. 401).[2]
  • Restates that Federal payments for Medicaid or CHIP cannot be made to people who are not legal residents (Sec. 605).[2]
  • Increases the tax on cigars from $1.828 per thousand to $50.00 per thousand for cigars weighing less than 3 pounds per thousand, and increases the tax from 20.719 percent of the retail price to 52.988 percent of the retail price for cigars weighing more than three pounds per thousand, with a cap of $3.00 per cigar (Sec. 701 [a]).[2]
  • Increases the tax from $19.50 per thousand to $50.00 per thousand for cigarettes weighing less than 3 pounds per thousand, and increases the tax from $40.95 per thousand to $105.00 per thousand for cigarettes weighing more than 3 pounds per thousand (Sec. 701 [b]).[2]
  • Increases the taxes on cigarette paper from $0.0122 to $0.0313 per fifty papers and on cigarette tubes from $0.0244 to $0.0626 per fifty tubes (Sec. 701 [c-d]).[2]
  • Increases the taxes on snuff from $0.585 to $1.50 per pound and on chewing tobacco from $0.195 to $0.50 per pound (Sec. 701 [e]).[2]
  • Increases the taxes on pipe tobacco from $1.0969 to $2.8126 per pound and on roll-your-own-tobacco from $1.0969 to $8.8889 per pound (Sec. 701 [f-g]).[2]

Key votes

  • Vote to pass a bill that reauthorizes and expands the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2012.[2]

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Scored vote

Scorecard: AFSCME 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The House failed to override President Bush’s veto of legislation to renew the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and expand coverage to an additional 4 million low-income children who lack health insurance."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.afscme.org/legislation-politics/25959.cfm)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Passage, over President Bush’s Dec. 12, 2007, veto, of a bill to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. The $60 billion cost over 5 years would be offset by raising the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents, to $1 per pack, and raising taxes on other tobacco products. Families earning up to three times the Federal poverty level would be eligible. It also would require the Social Security Administration to verify the citizenship of all applicants and require states to phase out coverage of childless adults by the end of 2008. The House was unable to override President Bush’s second veto, confounding Democrats’ plans to expand publicly funded health coverage to an additional 4 million low-income kids"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Drum Major Institute 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Being able to take a child to the doctor for regular check-ups and immunizations is fundamental to a middle-class standard of living. Yet, steeply rising costs over the past several years have made health coverage unaffordable, not only for the poor, but also for a growing number of middle-class families. Since 2000, the premium that the average American employee pays for health coverage has risen more than 83%, increasing more than four times faster than wages. At the same time, more employers are dropping insurance plans entirely, and coverage is even more expensive for Americans who must purchase it themselves on the open market. SCHIP has been highly successful at reducing the number of uninsured children, but a lack of funding has limited its reach, leaving 9 million American children uninsured in 2006. The shortfall has consequences, not only for children’s individual health and well-being, but for society as a whole, which bears the cost of preventable emergency room visits from children who never got preventive care. By renewing SCHIP and expanding it to more low- and middle-income children, this bill offers children a healthy start in life."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/library/report.php?ID=63

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Strengthen mine safety standards and enforcement. January 16. (214-199)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php


Same for all scorecards:

Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote on a proposal that would extend and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The pro-growth vote was "nay" because this proposal would greatly expand government intervention in health care. Passed 64-30."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: FreedomWorks 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"This bill calls for $50 billion in new funding for the program that far exceeds the $5 billion requested by the President. In addition to greatly expanding a program that was originally designed to be a limited contribution to State health services, this bill would be a giant step toward government controlled health care. “Nay” votes are scored."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.freedomworks.org/keyvotes/2007_senate.php)


Same for all scorecards:

Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Passage of a bill to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) at nearly $60 billion over five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. To pay for the cost of this expansion, the bill would increase the federal tax on cigarettes by 61 cents to $1 per pack and raise taxes on other tobacco products. Program eligibility would be limited to families earning up to three times the federal poverty level. It would require the Social Security Administration to verify the citizenship of all applicants and require states to phase out coverage of childless adults by the end of 2008."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Supporters

  • American Nurses Association
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • School Social Work Association of America

Opponents

  • Heritage Foundation
  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. OpenCongress’ info page on SCHIP Extension bill (H.R. 3936).
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Project Vote Smart’s info page on SCHIP Extension bill (H.R. 3936).
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