CHA News Article

House of Representatives Passes Budget With Hospital Cuts

Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a two-year budget deal by a vote of 266 to 167. The only members of California’s delegation to vote “no” were Republican Reps. Hunter, Issa, Knight, LaMalfa, McClintock and Rohrabacher.

As noted in CHA News yesterday, the measure extends the nation’s debt ceiling to March of 2017 and increases the caps on both discretionary and defense spending through federal fiscal year 2017. It also cuts Medicare payments by implementing a CHA-opposed site-neutral policy for new provider-based hospital outpatient departments and extends the 2 percent Medicare sequester through 2025. The legislative language outlining the site-neutral policy is quite vague, and CHA staff are consulting with members and other experts to assess the impact on California. The bill now moves to the Senate.