CHA News Article

House Passes Funding Bill
Senate must pass resolution tonight to avoid shutdown

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 230-197 a continuing resolution to extend funding for the federal government through Feb. 16. The measure includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program but does not include CHA’s other priorities, such as delays in cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital and 340B Drug Pricing programs as well as several Medicare payment programs. Of the six Democrats who voted “Yes” with the Republicans, two were from California: Reps. Carbajal and Costa. None of the 11 Republicans who voted “No” with the Democrats were from California.

The Senate must pass the resolution by midnight (ET) tonight to avoid a government shutdown. It is not clear whether the 60 votes required to pass the measure are lined up. Congressional leaders are struggling to negotiate overall spending caps for the military and domestic discretionary programs, which is creating the month-to-month process. 

In advance of the potential shutdown, the Department of Health and Human Services released its contingency plan for operations.

The plan notes that the Medicare program would continue largely without disruption, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would continue key federal exchange activities as well as Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation activities. Overall, 50 percent of its employees would be furloughed, while the remaining 50 percent would be retained; percentages would vary across agencies and offices. CHA is in regular communication with CMS about the impact of a shutdown on hospitals and will share additional information with members when it becomes available.