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WASHINGTON - July 19: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., an aide and Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., during the Senate Finance markup of State Children's Health Insurance Program legislation. The panel approved a $60 billion children's health insurance bill, endorsing a bipartisan deal among the panel's members and defying a presidential veto threat. Bill supporters said the measure, approved 17-4, would expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program to cover nearly 10 million uninsured children. The reauthorization would cover children in households with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty line. The five-year, $60 billion bill would be funded by a 61-cent-a-pack increase in the federal tax on cigarettes and increased taxes on other tobacco products. The increase would bring the federal cigarette tax to $1 per pack. Renewal of the program, set to expire at the end of September, would continue coverage for the 6.6 million children now enrolled in the program while adding 3.2 million. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 800,000 people would lose coverage without the increase in funding. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 19: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., an aide and Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., during the Senate Finance markup of State Children's Health Insurance Program legislation. The panel approved a $60 billion children's health insurance bill, endorsing a bipartisan deal among the panel's members and defying a presidential veto threat. Bill supporters said the measure, approved 17-4, would expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program to cover nearly 10 million...
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