SCHIP bill won't sail, Leavitt promises

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President Bush will veto a $90 billion proposal that redirects provider payments toward children's services, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt. Leavitt said the measure is too costly and intrusive.

The House Ways and Means Committee late last week voted to approve the controversial Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007. The CHAMP Act essentially reauthorizes and expands the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

However, long-term care providers have criticized the measure because it would freeze Medicare Part A payments to facilities next year.