Health Lawyers' Winter 2008 Conversations with Policymakers Teleconference SeriesThursday, January 24, 20082:00-3:00 pm Eastern
(1:00-2:00 pm CT; 12:00-1:00 pm MT; 11:00-12:00 noon PT)Sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Associations Public Interest Committee
Funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expired on October 1, 2007. Through a series of continuing resolutions and a temporary extension through April, 2009, Congress has temporarily put aside a long term reauthorization of the program. The inconclusive 2007 debate over the program was a microcosm of the larger national debate over health reform: the proper role of government in providing health care and health care access; how much should the government spend and regulate in the health care arena; and what is the role of the private health insurance market in health care.
These issues are still very much in the forefront. Our panelists will describe:
- The current structure of SCHIP and how it is similar to and different from Medicaid;
- The main legislative packages considered by Congress and vetoed by President Bush in 2007;
- The President's arguments for vetoing the SCHIP expansion legislation; and
- The counter-arguments to the President's action.
- Ryan Long
Chief Minority Health Counsel
House Energy and Commerce Committee
- Sara Rosenbaum
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy
George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services