The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize a health insurance program for low-income children, sending the legislation to the Senate.
The bill would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, after which Congress will have to reconsider it. It passed the House by a vote of 242-174 on Friday.
CHIP covers children from low-income families under Medicaid even if their parents don’t qualify for the state-federal health insurance program themselves. It has enjoyed largely bipartisan support since it was enacted in 1997, and covers about 8 million U.S. children, according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The proposal will also extend funding for community health centers and several other health programs.