House falls short in overriding SCHIP veto

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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.