- It allows states to cover documented immigrant children and pregnant women, who previously were not eligible or faced a 5 year waiting period
- It requires parity for mental health - meaning states must cover mental health care at a level on par with coverage for physical care, and
- It requires states to provide dental coverage under their SCHIP programs.
Passage of the SCHIP expansion is seen as an early win for the Obama Administration and the new Congress, and an important step towards broader health care reform. In signing the legislation, President Obama said , this "is just one component of a much broader effort to finally bring our health care system into the twenty-first century." Similarly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said , “This is the beginning of the change that the American people voted for in the last election, and that we will achieve with President Barack Obama."
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