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On the Hill: Federal Shutdown Ends, CHIP Extended

President Trump Monday night signed a stopgap funding bill, passed by the Senate and House earlier in the day, that ends a partial shutdown of the federal government and extends Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding for six years.

The federal government closed Jan. 19 after senators failed to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) for federal funding. The CR approved yesterday funds the government through Feb. 8, giving lawmakers more time to negotiate a deal on immigration. Democrats initially resisted the funding measure because it did not extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections. But they relented yesterday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to take up DACA next month.

While yesterday’s CR extended CHIP, it left unresolved other health care extenders, including a delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and funding for federally qualified health centers. The association will continue to vigorously pursue a delay of the DSH cuts and continue to update members as developments occur in coming days.

Committee Activity

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has scheduled a a Jan. 23 hearing on the nation’s emergency preparedness and response to public health threats.

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Erin Delaney is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.