House Republicans on Monday released a bill that would fund the government until March 23 and delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
The measure updates a current continuing resolution (CR), passed in January, that funded the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years but failed to provide funding for other health care extenders, including a delay of Medicaid DSH cuts. The current CR expires this Thursday, Feb. 8.
The association released a statement in support of the bill and an Action Alert urging hospitals to contact their congressional delegations to rally support for the measure. The bill is expected to be brought to the House floor today.
The funding bill comes after America’s Essential Hospitals and more than 70 other organizations last week sent a joint letter to House and Senate leaders calling on Congress to reauthorize and fund programs and policies vital to health care, including Medicaid DSH.
The nation’s opioid crisis dominates committee activity this week. On Feb. 6, the House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing on removing barriers in Medicare to prevention of opioid abuse and treatment of opioid dependence. In the Senate, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a Feb. 8 hearing on the effects of the opioid crisis on children and families.