President Bill Clinton on Wednesday signed a sweeping Medicaid expansion bill that expands coverage for low-income Americans with disabilities, including infants.
The legislation will cover an estimated 40 million children, who now receive less than $1,300 per month for health insurance coverage.
It expands the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a program that pays for care for children under the age of two.
It also expands Medicaid to children ages 1 to 5.
The bill provides $1.2 billion to states to help with coverage for these children.
“Today, the nation’s children are finally getting the care they need to live independently and thrive,” Clinton said in signing the bill.
“They deserve it, and they deserve it now.”
The bill includes more than $50 billion to expand access to the program.
The money will be used to expand coverage and to pay for some new services, such as mental health counseling.
It is also expected to expand Medicaid to adults with incomes below $80,000 a year, but the amount is still being determined.
The legislation also expands the children’s health insurance program to cover the uninsured, but not adults.