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February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday (Feb. 7) includes four additional years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program; funding for community health centers, teaching health centers and the National Health Service Corps; repeal of the therapy caps; a delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital pay cuts and funding for other so-called Medicare extenders, according to a Democratic overview of the deal and draft bill language obtained by Inside Health Policy.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Drug lobbyists and policy analysts say the Senate budget deal includes a Medicare Part D offset that the brand drug industry strongly opposes, but they say the details of the measures are unclear because they are written in a way that is difficult to decipher.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

The draft budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday (Feb. 7) includes a provision that would for the first time allow hospitals and doctors' offices to share Medicare claims data with standalone Part D prescription drug plans.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a budget deal with Senate Democrats on Wednesday (Feb. 7) that includes $6 billion to fight the opioid and mental health crises, and raises non-defense discretionary spending.

January 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate struck a deal Monday morning and paved the way to fund the government through Feb.8, fund the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, delay the Cadillac tax and medical device tax for two years and pause the tax on health insurance plans for 2019.

January 20, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers are continuing talks Saturday following the government shutdown spurred by the Senate’s midnight rejection of a House continuing resolution that would have funded the government through Feb. 16, leaving the bill’s funding for CHIP and a delay of the ACA's industry taxes in flux.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

The House approved the GOP leadership's one-month government funding bill, along with six years of Children's Health Insurance Program funding and a delay of the ACA's industry's taxes, Thursday evening (Jan.18), 230-197, leaving the fate of a potential government shutdown Friday to the Senate.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

Just hours before the House passed the GOP-crafted short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, led by Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA), were pushing for a vote on separate legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorize funding for community health centers for two years, permanently repeal therapy caps for seniors in Medicare, and reauthorize the home visiting program for five years.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

Just hours before the House is slated to vote on a GOP-crafted short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, led by Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA), are laying plans to force a vote on separate legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reauthorize funding for community health centers for two years, permanently repeal therapy caps for seniors in Medicare, and reauthorize the home visiting program for five years.

January 17, 2018 | Daily News

The House Rules Committee adjourned Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 17) without making any headway on a final version of the latest short-term continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown Friday, and which as drafted late Tuesday includes six years of Children's Health Insurance Program funding and a delay in the ACA's industry's taxes.

January 16, 2018 | Daily News

House Republicans plan to attach six years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and delays of three Affordable Care Act taxes to the continuing resolution that must pass by Friday to avert a federal government shut-down, according to GOP lawmakers leaving a conference meeting Tuesday night.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

Congress on Thursday (Dec. 21) passed temporary government-spending legislation that funds until March 31 the Children’s Health Insurance Program, community health centers, National Health Service Corps, graduate medical education and the Special Diabetes Program, but funding for several other health care programs were left out of the bill.

October 03, 2017 | Daily News

The centerpiece of Democrats’ attack on the Republican budget and tax reform plan appears to be that the plan would pay for tax cuts to the rich by slashing Medicare and Medicaid funding.

September 07, 2017 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2018 Labor-HHS funding bill on Thursday (Sept. 7), smoothing the way for the appropriations measure to move to the Senate floor.

September 06, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers' handling of disaster-relief legislation will set the tone for how, or whether, they handle other urgent legislation, such as renewing funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and community health centers, and President Donald Trump complicated that calculation on Wednesday when he sided with Democrats on combining disaster relief with a three-month deal on lifting the debt limit and funding the government.

September 06, 2017 | Daily News

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2018 HHS funding bill on Wednesday (Sept 6) that includes $79.4 billion in discretionary funding for the department -- a $1.7 billion increase from 2017, with large funding increases for the National Institutes of Health and opioid abuse treatment, but no new funding for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

August 03, 2017 | Daily News

As Senate Republicans pivot from health care overhaul bills to individual market stabilization for 2018, some industry taxes that would have been eliminated in the Senate GOP’s failed Better Care Reconciliation Act could be repealed or further delayed through upcoming must-pass bills on the Children's Health Insurance Program funding, government funding and debt ceiling increase, an industry source said Wednesday (Aug. 2).

July 20, 2017 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously advanced a fiscal 2018 FDA funding bill out of committee Thursday (July 20) that adds $1 million in discretionary funding for FDA over the fiscal 2017 enacted level, totaling $2.8 billion, and adds $60 million in additional funding for the agency to implement the 21st Century Cures Act.

July 18, 2017 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee advanced its fiscal 2018 FDA funding bill Tuesday (July 18), paving the way for full committee consideration Thursday (July 20).

July 12, 2017 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Labor, HHS spending bill would gut CMS funding for the health insurance exchanges, prohibit funding for the the Affordable Care Act “navigators” and bar the agency from collecting user fees from qualified health plans that the agency uses to fund the federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM).

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