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On the Hill: Budget Deal, Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption, Reconciliation

Last week the President signed into law a budget deal that funds the government through fiscal year 2016 and included a $3 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health, $300 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $2.1 million for rural telehealth, and $30 million for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education.

Congress also passed a bill allowing for blanket hardship exemptions from the 2015 meaningful use penalties for all providers. Doctors have until March 15 and hospitals until April 1 to apply for the exemption.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House will take up the Senate-passed reconciliation bill in early January. The bill includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and stops federal dollars from going to Planned Parenthood.


About the Author

Walsh is the senior manager of legislative affairs for America's Essential Hospitals.

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