House and Senate appropriators have unveiled the text of a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2017.
A vote on the bipartisan package could come as early as Wednesday in the House, followed by Senate consideration before the current continuing resolution (CR) appropriations expire on Friday. The bill would:
- continue to block Congress from using the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ program funding to fund the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) risk corridor program;
- call for a full audit on air emergency transport, mitigation of the reduced rates for critical access hospitals, and looser agency policy on hospitals that did not receive enough incentive payments through the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program;
- include $34 billion for the National Institutes of Health — a $2 billion increase from current funding levels;
- include $800 million for prevention and treatment of opioid abuse; and
- not provide money for the ACA’s cost-sharing reductions.
America’s Essential Hospitals continues to monitor the status of the bill and will notify members of potential changes that would affect their hospitals and patients.
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