Lawmakers are working to pass a long-term omnibus spending package before federal government funding runs out next week.

The current continuing resolution (CR), passed in February, expires March 23. House Republicans this week hope to bring to the floor a bill to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year.

As the bill takes shape, the Senate continues discussions on whether to include language to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace and fund cost-sharing reduction payments that ended last fall.

While negotiations have progressed, there are several provisions the administration and conservatives hope to include that might lack adequate support, such as removing federal funding to Planned Parenthood and discontinuing federal family planning initiatives and teen pregnancy prevention programs.

340B Hearing Scheduled

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a March 15 hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The hearing will include witnesses from across the 340B stakeholder community. Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, has been asked to testify.