House leaders are telling members to expect to vote Tuesday on a State Children’s Health Insurance Program extension bill that will closely resemble the Senate extension bill, S. 1893/H.R. 976.
Some House members believe the notice means the SCHIP conference committee decided to scrap House language that calls for cuts in Medicare Advantage funding.
The House version, H.R. 3162, also would impose new rules on marketing and operating Medicare Advantage plans.
The Bush administration has threatened to veto either version of the SCHIP extension bill, arguing that both bills would expand the program too much and crowd out private insurance by leading to the program covering too many moderate-income children and too many adults.
SCHIP extension supporters in the Senate seem to have the votes to override a veto. Over in the House, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, says Republicans have enough votes to sustain a veto there.