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House panel OKs bills targeting reform funding
Modern Healthcare

The House Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee has approved five bills that aim to limit the HHS secretary’s spending authority under the health reform law and also subject some of the statute’s mandatory spending to the annual appropriations process. On Thursday, the subcommittee voted 14-11 to approve legislation that would change a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that gives the HHS secretary an unlimited amount of funds for state-based exchange grants. This bill would cancel unlimited direct appropriation and also rescind any unobligated funds.