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What's In, What's Out: Healthcare Provisions from the Bipartisan Budget Deal

By Jack O'Brien  
   February 09, 2018

Several provisions affecting healthcare made it into the two-year omnibus package, while a few were left on the cutting room floor. 

Five and a half hours after a second government shutdown in as many months, Congress passed a short-term funding package early Friday morning, with two years of funding for some healthcare programs.

President Donald Trump signed a two-year, $300 billion bipartisan budget deal the Senate leadership reached Wednesday afternoon, which also includes a short-term funding measure to keep the government operating through March 23.

Several federal health programs are impacted by the legislation, including community health centers (CHC), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Medicare Independent Patient Advisory Board (IPAB).

Below is a breakdown of what provisions relevant to the healthcare world were included in the bill and those that were not.

Included: Extensions for CHCs, CHIP, and the National Health Service Corps

The omnibus package was filled with significant funding measures for federal health programs seeking long-term solutions, totalling $20 billion overall.

This includes a $7 billion extension for CHCs, which cater to 26 million people from low-income populations. In recent weeks, CHC leaders and advocates expressed concerns about 9 million people losing coverage options due to widespread layoffs and site closures if Congress did not approve additional funding.

A four-year funding extension for CHIP was also included in the legislation, less than a month after Congress approved a six-year extension for the program in a continuing resolution to reopen the government after a three-day shutdown.

Two other federal health programs, including teaching health centers and the National Health Service Corps, secured $363 million and $495 million, respectively.

Jack O'Brien is the finance editor at HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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