CHA News Article

Details of Federal Spending Package to Be Issued in CHA News
Congress has until midnight tomorrow to finalize

Although Congress has finished its work on the tax bill, members have one remaining fiscal responsibility to address because the federal government runs out of spending authority at midnight tomorrow, Dec. 22. CHA has been advocating for the spending package to include a five-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Medicare policy extensions, and delays in cuts to the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital and 340B programs.

The House and Senate plan to vote today and tomorrow on a short-term extension of spending authority through Jan. 19, 2018, which includes a three-month extension of CHIP and an important waiver of a budget provision that would have triggered deep cuts in Medicare spending due to the deficit increase created by the new tax bill. It does not include CHA’s other priorities. CHA will issue a detailed report of all the final actions via a special edition of CHA News as soon as Congress adjourns.