Wednesday, January 7, 2009
As the country prepares for the new President and as the new Congress get to work, the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reports good news on the return of SCHIP:
The Democrats aren’t wasting time in their push to expand government health insurance for children. Rep. Henry Waxman, who recently won the chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, says he expects the House to vote Tuesday or Wednesday of next week on a bill to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Associated Press reports. . . It isn’t clear yet exactly what the new bill will look, but Waxman told the AP he doesn’t expect it to stretch for a full five years. He didn’t how much the tobacco tax would be increased to help pay for the expansion. Prior bills raised the tobacco tax by 61 cents, to $1 a pack.