House spending bill would likely reauthorize CHIP for six years
A child insured by CHIP gets an examination at a doctor's office in Burke, Va. Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images
House Republicans are expected to release a temporary spending bill as soon as today that includes a six-year renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to two House GOP aides. Republicans are also discussing delays for the Affordable Care Act's taxes on medical devices and health insurers, as well as the "Cadillac tax" on generous health plans, though the plan remains in flux.
What to watch: The reauthorization of CHIP has gotten easier now that the Congressional Budget Office has lowered its cost estimates for extending the program. But the spending bill is still caught up in broader political fights — especially over immigration — so this is not a done deal yet.