House Subcommittee To Review Efforts To Expand SCHIP

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The House Energy andCommerce Subcommitteeon Health on Tuesday held ahearing to review efforts in 2007 to pass legislation to reauthorizeand expand SCHIP, CQ Todayreports.

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During the hearing, witnesses said that the number ofuninsured children will increase because of the current economicrecession and the inability of Congress to expand public healthinsurance programs or prevent changes to programs by President Bush.Cindy Mann, executive director of the Centerfor Children and Families atGeorgetown University, said that the number of uninsured childrenincreases by about 2,000 daily and that the "weakening economywill inevitably push these numbers upward unless action is taken byCongress to put the nation back on track."

In addition,Dennis Smith, Medicaid director at CMS,during the hearing defended an Aug. 17, 2007, rule issued by the Bushadministration that limits enrollment in SCHIP.

Democrats saidthat they will seek to expand SCHIP in 2008, but Republicans saidthat they will oppose any efforts not focused on children inlow-income families (Wayne, CQ Today,1/29).

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