House falls short in overriding SCHIP veto
The House failed Thursday to override President Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program bill. The move, at least in the short term, preserves Medicare for long-term care providers.Democrats needed 290 votes to override the veto, but in the end, they could not muster Republican support. The final vote count was 273-156. The bill would have expanded the SCHIP program by $35 billion over five years.
Even if passed, the bill did not contain cuts to Medicare, which long-term care providers had feared. An earlier version of the bill in the House proposed funding an expansion of SCHIP with Medicare Part A cuts to skilled nursing facilities. Still, providers are concerned that lawmakers are considering Medicare cuts in other legislation.