Legislative Activity Begins on Healthcare Reform by ProQuest

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Two months into the Obama administration, several significant new laws are beginning to shape the direction of national healthcare reform. On Wednesday, February 4, President Obama signed the bill reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The bill provided funding for SCHIP for the next four years at the cost of $32.8 billion. On Tuesday, February 17, the president signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, providing a total of $787 billion in economic stimulus spending. The White House has also submitted its proposed budget for FY10 to Congress, which provides for the establishment of a $630 billion healthcare reserve fund to pay for healthcare reform efforts over the next 10 years.

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