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House OKs bill aimed at undercutting healthcare reform
Modern Healthcare

House Republicans continued their efforts to weaken the health reform law by approving more legislation Wednesday that would revert financial authority from HHS back to Congress.

In a 234-185 vote, the House passed a bill that would convert graduate medical education funding for teaching health centers from direct appropriations by HHS to authorized appropriations through Congress. Specifically, a section in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the Public Health Service Act in a way that would allow the HHS secretary to award grants to these centers for establishing new accredited or expanded primary-care residency programs. It calls for $230 million in funding from 2011 through 2015.