Washington, D.C. - After months of contentious debate about the future and function of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Senate and House leaders came together in agreement that the program will be extended through March 31, 2009, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
"Children currently enrolled in SCHIP will continue to receive health care. The senate finally came together and focused on kids, not adults and not expanding a government program in areas it was never intended," said Enzi.
The SCHIP extension, S. 2499, provides funding to states to maintain their current enrollment through the end of March 2009. The Senate passed the extension as they wrapped up other pieces of legislation late Tuesday night.