Labeled PL 111-3 and signed into law in February, the State Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 provides $32.8 billion extra during the next four-and-a-half years. Lawmakers expect the State Children's Health Insurance Program expansion will allow coverage to about 11 million children. With their control of Congress and a Democrat in the White House, the Democratic majorities have used their political muscle to add provisions to the bill to expand the program. In addition to covering physician visits, immunizations, hospitalizations and emergency room visits, the expanded bill also will include dental services necessary to prevent disease and promote oral health, restore oral structures to health and function and treat emergency conditions.
SCHIP to Cover More Patients John H Ferman Healthcare Executive; May/Jun 2009; 24, 3; Docstoc pg. 66 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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