Welch votes to pass expanded health care legislation

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Congressman Peter Welch voted with the Democratic majority last night to pass legislation that would expand health care for millions of low-income children.

The legislation adds $50 billion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and rolls back years of Republican-driven changes to Medicare.

The bill prevents scheduled cuts in fee reimbursement to physicians who treat seniors and patients with disabilities and slashes federal payments to private insurance companies.

Welch says the Congress has stopped yet another attempt by the federal government to shift the cost of Medicare to health care providers.

In New Hampshire Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes also voted with the majority.

The vote was 225 to 204 in favor of the program.

President Bush has threatened to veto the

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