Key details from the legislation signed into law Wednesday expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program:
- Continues coverage through 2013 for 7 million lower income children.
- Expands coverage for another 4.1 million uninsured children.
- Makes 2.4 million children eligible for the program who otherwise might have access to private insurance.
- Provides an additional $32.8 billion through Sept. 30, 2013, by increasing federal excise taxes on tobacco products. The tax on cigarettes will go up 62 cents to $1.01 a pack.
- Provides $100 million in grants for states, local governments, schools and others to enroll more eligible children.
- Requires states to offer a dental benefit.
- Allows states to offer SCHIP dental coverage to children whose private medical insurance does not cover dentist visits.
- Allows states to extend SCHIP and Medicaid to newly arrived legal immigrant children and pregnant women.
- Allows states to use Social Security numbers to verify an applicant's citizenship, making it easier to prove eligibility and enroll in the program.
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