House OKs children’s health funds, but obstacles remain

WASHINGTON — Legislation providing five more years of financing for an expired children’s health program won House approval Friday, but a partisan battle over paying for the extension seemed certain to delay the bill in the Senate.

Each side is using the fight to accuse the other of jeopardizing a program that serves more than 8 million low-
income children.

Fresh federal money for the health insurance program stopped Oct. 1. States are continuing to use unspent funds, but Arizona, California, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and the District of Columbia are among those expected to deplete that money soon.


Republicans want to pay for the extension in part by cutting a public health program created under President Barack Obama’s health law and raising Medicare premiums on wealthy recipients.

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They say it makes sense to trim some health programs to beef up others and said upper-income Medicare recipients could easily afford higher premiums. Democrats opposed both and most of them voted ‘‘no’’ on Friday.