Debbie Johnston, Vice President of Policy Development
Earlier this week, House Republicans unveiled a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the federal government for an additional four weeks, reauthorize federal CHIP funding for six years, and delay the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) taxes on medical devices, health insurance, and high-cost employer-sponsored health plans. The previous short-term spending bill, which President Trump signed into law last month, expires on Friday at midnight. Lawmakers must pass and President Trump must sign a new spending bill by then to avoid a partial federal government shutdown.
The measure as drafted does not include a provision to delay $43 billion in scheduled cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments called for under the ACA. The cuts, which are scheduled to be implemented from FY 2018 to FY 2025, first took effect Oct. 1st. AzHHA is urging Arizona’s congressional delegation to include the delay in the legislation. Without a delay, Arizona’s rural safety-net hospitals stand to lose over $16 million in financial support this coming year.