Congress Passes Childrens Health Bill

01.15.09 | FL News Team

The U.S. House has passed a sweeping children's health bill that was vetoed twice by President Bush. The "S-Chip Bill" expands health insurance from 7 to 11 million poor children.  It includes children and unborn babies of undocumented workers that are in this country with visas.

Congressman Erik Massa from New York as one of the co-sponsors of the bill.  Massa says the cost will be defrayed by tobacco taxes and government grants.  The Senate is expected to soon pass a similar measure. The cost is estimated at 30-billion dollars over the next four and a half years.