Congress Makes Progress on Budget Deal / by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development , Senior Vice President of Policy Development 

Yesterday, Senate leaders announced a budget agreement that would raise spending caps on military and domestic programs over the next two years. The deal would fund the government through March 23rd to allow the Appropriation Committees time to complete their work. The proposal would raise defense and domestic spending, and includes additional disaster relief funding. While legislative language was not released as of Wednesday afternoon, it has been reported that several healthcare provisions are also included in the package:

  • Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for an additional four years on top of the six years included in the last continuing resolution
  • $6 billion for the opioid crisis and mental health
  • A two year delay in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts
  •  Extension of several Medicare payment adjustments that support access to healthcare in rural areas
  • Two years of funding for community health centers

If approved by the Senate, the House will need to agree to the proposal by Thursday midnight in order to avert a government shutdown. Alternatively, the Senate could pass the previously approved pared-down House resolution.